Coast Guard reminds maritime
community of approaching security deadline,
potential penalties for non-compliance
December 18, 2003
Thursday - 12:45 am
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Coast Guard reminds members of the
maritime community that security plans for vessels and facilities
affected by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002
are due to the Coast Guard by the end of this month, and warns
that it may impose civil penalties for not complying with the
The Coast Guard estimates that 10,000 U.S. flag vessels, 5,000
facilities and 50 outer continental shelf facilities are required
to submit security plans by December 31, as detailed in rules
published on July 1.
Starting January 1, 2004, the Coast Guard will begin enforcing
the security plan submission requirement. Failure to submit
a plan is a violation of the MTSA rules and may result in a civil
penalty of up to $25,000 per violation against the owner or operator
of the vessel or facility. After July 1, 2004, non-compliant
operators may have their operation shut down until an approved
security plan is in place.
As part of its efforts to provide flexibility in its requirements,
the Coast Guard allows industry groups to develop an Alternative
Security Program for a group of vessels or facilities.
So far, the Coast Guard has approved ASPs for the Passenger Vessel
Association, American Gaming Association, and American Waterways
Operators. Members of these organizations may adopt the
approved ASP in its entirety to satisfy the MTSA requirements.
Those who implement an ASP must send a letter to the Coast Guard
identifying the ASP they implemented, those vessels or facilities
that will implement the ASP, and attesting that they are in full
Foreign-flagged vessels subject to the requirements of the International
Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea should submit their
security plans to their flag states or flag administrations as
specified in the International Ship and Port Facility Security
Code. Security plans for these vessels are not to be submitted
to the Coast Guard. After July 1, 2004, the Coast Guard
will begin boarding these vessels to insure that the security
plan has been properly implemented.
The Coast Guard has established a Help Desk to assist industry
with understanding the regulations. The Help Desk can be
reached from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. EST Monday through Friday at 1-877-687-2243
or 202-366-9991, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
The full text of the rules
and other information can be found on the Coast Guard's port
security website at: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/mp/index.shtml.
Source of News Release:
United States Coast Guard
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