Coast Guard hosts European Union delegation during International Port Security visit

Coast Guard District 7 NewsSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard Sector San Juan hosted delegates from the European Union during a two-day International Port Security visit to port facilities in Puerto Rico Oct. 6 and 7.

“Port and Facility Security cannot be the responsibility of one entity and it is the fostering of partnerships between nations such as the U.S. and the European Union that helps create a common goal in conducting and sharing effective port and facility security measures,” said Lt. Cmdr. Luis Parrales, Sector San Juan chief of inspections division.  “This visit represents a professional exchange of best practices between countries and the continued pursuit to increase port and facility security not only for our respective countries but for all the nations that have vessels transiting to and from our ports.”

The European delegation consisted of representatives from France, Head of Delegation Christian Dupont, European Commission Deputy Head of Unit-Land and Maritime Security; Michel Perolat, European Commision Policy Officer; Jean-Baptiste Roche, European Commission Maritime Security Inspector; from Denmark, Winnie Vestergaard, Danish Coastal Authority Head of Department; from Italy, Giancarlo Russo, Italian Coast Guard Safety and Security Department Head Office PSC; from Germany, Dieter Hentschel, Hansestadt Bremishex Hafenamt Security Officer; and from the United Kingdom, Anthony Victor Smith, Department of Transport Senior Maritime Security Adviser.

The International European Union Port Security delegation received a tour of San Juan Harbor and visited the Puerto Rico Ports Authority Cruise Ship Terminal in San Juan, the Horizon Lines container facility in Puerto Nuevo and the Total Petroleum  Puerto Rico Corp. facilitiy in Cataño.  The delegates were introduced to the Facility Security Officers, who provided presentations as to how security measures are implemented at their respective facilities. This gave the European delegates a great opportunity to compare and share best practices in their implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) to that of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) implemented in the U.S.

The U.S. Coast Guard, through its International Port Security Program (IPSP), encourages bilateral or multilateral discussions with nations around the world in an effort to exchange information and share best practices that align implementation and enforcement requirements of the MTSA with the ISPS Code and other international maritime security standards. As lead agency for maritime security in the U.S., the Coast Guard works closely with our international trading partners to promote reasonable and consistent implementation and enforcement of the ISPS code for enhanced maritime security in countries (and ports) that participate in global trade. https://homeport.uscg.mil/mycg/portal/ep/browse.do?channelId=-18389.

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