In the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), signed into law on November 25, 2002, Congress directed the U.S. Coast Guard to. among other things, establish a vessel security plan requirement for appropriate vessels operating in United States waters.
Following the attacks of September 11. the Congress and various federal agencies quickly realized that vessels and maritime facilities are vulnerable to largescale acts of terrorism. By their very nature, ports are exposed, accessible and busy and
It was little more than a year ago that Boyd E. (Butch) King. CEO. took the reigns at VT Halter Marine, a designer and builder of small to medium-sized ships with a varied and rich history. After 15 months on the job, Maritime Reporter caught up with Mr.
This year. The American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, celebrates its 60th anniversary. AWO members, representing the inland, coastal and harbor sectors of the industry, recently
Mideast War Underlines The Vital Need To Increase Domestic Oil Production In The U.S. The war in the Mideast has once again underlined oil's pivotal role in the maintenance of a healthy world economy. We depend on oil for much more than land and air transportation.
The Posse Comitatus Act of 1878 (PCA) prohibits the use of the Army or the Air Force as a posse comitatus to execute the laws of the U.S. "POSSE COMITATUS ACT" (18 USC 1385): A Reconstruction Era criminal law proscribing use of Army (later, Air Force)
Since the worst-case scenario became a reality with September's terrorist attacks in the U.S.. organizations of all kinds have been forced to re-evaluate how security applies to their operations. While the nation's focus has been primarily on the aviation industry,
On December 30. 2002. the U.S. Coast Guard published a Notice of meetings and a request for comments relating to maritime security (67 Fed. Reg. 79742). Following are some thoughts on this important issue. I must commence by stating that I have the highest respect for the Coast Guard.
The Automatic Identification System (AIS) technology has received its fair share of critics up to present, mainly due to poor made installations and lack of training. The problems are currently taking the focus from the positive side where is has
On December 30, 2000, the tanker Castor was underway in the western Mediterranean Sea en route from Constanza, Romania to Lagos, Nigeria, carrying 29,470 tons of unleaded gasoline. During a fierce winter storm, the ship developed a 22-m long crack