Ports and Facilities

6/13/2016: Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 effectiveness

Written by Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer M. Osburn

U.S. Coast Guard Captains of the Port (COTP) have been working with the maritime industry to effectively implement the MTSA regulations since 2004. The industry and the Coast Guard share a common goal in this effort – to keep our facilities secure. Overall, the industry has achieved a very high rate of compliance with Coast Guard regulations. Our nation’s ports and facilities are more secure due to the patriotism and professionalism of facility operators, facility security officers, and the many workers, employees and contractors that remain vigilant on the waterfront every day.

The Coast Guard Office of Port and Facility Compliance (CG-FAC) has been collecting and analyzing data to learn how Coast Guard inspectors and facility operators can improve security.

Typical deficiencies include:

  • Access control;
  • Restricted areas;
  • Drills & exercises;
  • Owner/Operator requirements; and
  • Audits & VSP/ASP amendments


What does this really mean, though? How are you supposed to use this information to improve your security posture, either as an inspector or a person with security duties? To help you develop answers to these questions, we have compiled a list of these deficiencies based on their narratives. We recommend you consider this information when updating your facility security plan or conducting new facility security assessments, preparing for inspections, and working on port security grant applications.

Please view the full article and more detailed examples of the above listed deficiencies.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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