Headlines: USCG – conditions of entry for vessels arriving from Comoros or Cote d’Ivoire; USCG – port state control report; DHS – review of existing regulations; US & Russia – cooperation in Bering Strait Region; and IMO – summary of MSC 89.
May 27, 2011
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USCG – conditions of entry for vessels arriving from Comoros or Cote d’Ivoire
The US Coast Guard announced that, effective June 10, it is imposing conditions of entry on vessels arriving in the United States after having called at any port in the Union of the Comoros or the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, during their last five port calls. In summary, each affected vessel must: (1) implement the Security Level 2 measures from its ship security plan while in a port of either country; (2) ensure that each access point is guarded and that guards have total visibility of the exterior of the vessel while in a port of either country; (3) attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in a port of either country; (4) log all security actions; and (5) report actions taken to the pertinent USCG Captain of the Port [COTP] prior to arrival in the US. 76 Fed. Reg. 30954 (May 27, 2011).
USCG – port state control report
The US Coast Guard released its 2010 Annual Port State Control Report. The report shows continued improvement in Flag Administration, recognized organization, and vessel performance during the year, as demonstrated by reductions in the number of safety-related detentions, the annual and average detention ratios, the number of security-related operational controls, and the annual and rolling control action ratios. (5/26/11).
DHS – review of existing regulations
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) completed its Preliminary Plan for Retrospective Review of Existing Regulations. The goal is to identify, with the assistance of stakeholders and the public, obsolete, unnecessary, or inefficient regulations and to eliminate or fix them as appropriate. (5/18/11).
US & Russia – cooperation in Bering Strait Region
The White House released the Joint Statement of the President of the United States and the President of the Russian Federation on Cooperation in the Bering Strait Region. The statement, which is very general in nature, declares an intention to deepen cooperation in the cross-boundary Bering Strait region, including the expansion of interaction between the national agencies with responsibilities for the specially protected areas in the region. (5/26/11).
IMO – summary of MSC 89
The IMO issued a news release summarizing the recently-completed 89th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC 89). In addition to preparing interim guidance on the use of privately contracted armed security personnel on board ships transiting high risk areas, the session adopted an amendment to the SOLAS Convention regarding lifeboat release mechanisms and was updated on progress made with the implementation of the International Goal-based Construction Standards for Bulk Carriers and Oil Tankers and on developments in relation to the establishment and testing of LRIT Data Centres. (5/26/11).
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