Maritime Security Committee discusses security in San Diego Harbor

Pacific Southwest Coast Guard NewsSAN DIEGO – The San Diego Area Maritime Security Committee met to conduct a port-level maritime Homeland Security exercise at Liberty Station in San Diego Wednesday.

The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 requires all Captains of the Port and Area Maritime Security Committees to ensure that exercises are carried out once each calendar year to test the effectiveness of the Area Maritime Security Plan to ensure the safety and security of the port.

The table top exercise was part of Exercise Bay Shield and focused on the San Diego Area Maritime Security Plan and the cooperation of local agencies and port stakeholders in responding to an emergency in the harbor. The one-day exercise focused on awareness, prevention and protection during a maritime transportation incident. This exercise allowed more than 20 agencies to discuss response protocols, ensure alignment of all agency plans for response and recovery, and foster working relationships among member agencies and other port partners.

A functional exercise is scheduled to take place next year as part of the Bay Shield series of progressive exercises.

PARTICIPATING AGENCIES

  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • California Emergency Management Agency
  • California Office of Homeland Security
  • Customs and Border Protection
  • Commander, Navy Third Fleet
  • Commander, Navy Region Southwest
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Naval Criminal Investigation Service
  • Port of San Diego
  • San Diego County OES
  • San Diego County Health and Human Services
  • City of San Diego Office of Homeland Security
  • San Diego Harbor Police
  • Center for Disease Control
  • San Diego Police Department
  • American Red Cross
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • Other Maritime Industry Members

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