The mission of the Office of Port and Facility Compliance is to provide safety, security, and stewardship for the nation’s ports and facilities. CG-FAC strives to provide clear regulations, policy and direction to Coast Guard operational commanders and other stakeholders to ensure our port communities are a safe, secure place to do business, live, and work. Maritime Commons is sharing CG-FAC’s 2016 Year in Review to highlight the cyber risk management efforts, industry compliance statistics and trends, container updates, TWIC verifications, training, rulemakings, and other activities on which CG-FAC focused throughout the year.
From the desk of Capt. Ryan Manning, chief of the Office of Port and Facility Compliance (CG-FAC)
According to the American Association of Port Authorities, the nation’s seaport cargo activity supports the employment of more than 23 million people in the United States and generated nearly $4.6 trillion in total economic activity in 2014. This trade-driven economic prosperity serves as a wellspring for our power and serves as a leading source of our influence in the world.
The Coast Guard is mindful that in order to maintain this level of economic activity, it must make efforts to facilitate commerce. As such, CG-FAC takes a common sense approach to the implementation and enforcement of maritime safety, security, and stewardship regulations and policies. CG-FAC strives to develop strategies that apply fairly and consistently; providing industry predictability in their business models. This facilitates industry to invest wisely and drive the Marine Transportation System forward, thus sustaining and improving the national economy and American prosperity.
CG-FAC is extremely proud and grateful to the many facility operators, port workers, mariners, Coast Guard workforce, and other partners whose patriotism and hard work were vital to our success in 2016 and look forward to building on that success in 2017.
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.