News 23 Jun, 2014

USA - Port Security Advisory (2-14)

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has recently published an updated Port Security Advisory (2-14), adding Nigeria to the list of countries where the USCG has determined that a number of ports and terminals do not have effective anti-terrorism measures in place.

In addition to the other countries listed, vessels calling at a Nigerian port or terminal (other than those classified as exceptions) which will then visit the United States among their next five ports of call on or after 26 June 2014 are requried to comply with the additional security measures detailed in the Advisory:

  1. Implement measures per the Ship Security Plan equivalent to Security Level 2;
  2. Ensure that each access point to the ship is guarded and that the guards have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and waterside) of the vessel. Guards may be:
    • provided by the ship’s crew, however, additional crewmembers should be placed on the ship if necessary to ensure that limits on maximum hours of work are not exceeded and/or minimum hours of rest are met, or
    • provided by outside security forces approved by the ship’s master and Company Security Officer.
  3. Attempt to execute a Declaration of Security;
  4. Log all security measures in the ship’s security records; and
  5. Report actions taken to the appropriate USCG Captain of the Port prior to arrival in the United States.

Failure to instigate the required additional security measures may result in a vessel being delayed or denied entry to the United States.

Members requiring additional guidance should contact the Loss Prevention department.