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12/17/2015: Maritime security – Time for a review

Yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security released an advisory bulletin describing recent terrorist activity, U.S. government counterterrorism efforts and actions the public can take to remain alert, be prepared and stay informed. The Coast Guard encourages maritime stakeholders to read this advisory and to review their own security procedures.

The upcoming holidays are a time to spend time with our friends and families. This is also a good time to review security measures, and to be alert for suspicious activity.   The Coast Guard has no information suggesting that terrorists are actively targeting commercial vessels, facilities or other maritime critical infrastructure in the United States.

The Coast Guard encourages vessel and facility operators, and the maritime community as a whole, to review their security procedures, and to remain vigilant for suspicious activity or behavior. For vessel and facility operators regulated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act, these procedures include:

The Coast Guard also encourages members of the maritime community to participate in their local Area Maritime Security Committees. These local forums include representatives from the private sector, as well as federal, state, local and tribal governments.

Maritime security is a shared responsibility, and the Coast Guard relies on the patriotism, vigilance and professionalism of the maritime community to help keep our nation secure.

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