Coast Guard Announces Latest Transportation Worker Identification Credential Compliance Ports, Dates

WASHINGTON (HQ Public Affairs) – The U.S. Coast Guard and the Transportation Security Administration announced Thursday that Nov. 28, 2008, is the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program compliance date for owners and operators of facilities located within the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port Zones of Cape Fear River, N.C., Corpus Christi, Texas, North Carolina, and Port Arthur,...

Coast Guard, Oak Bluffs police sign local agreement to enhance maritime safety and security

OAK BLUFFS, Mass. (D1 Public Affairs) – The Coast Guard and local law enforcement signed an agreement Monday to improve safety and security in and around Oak Bluffs Harbor. The agreement, signed by Capt. Raymond J. Perry, the captain of the port for southeastern New England, and Erik G. Blake, Town of Oak Bluffs chief of police, provides the Oak Bluffs Police Department federal authority to enforce...

Coast Guard hosts Homeland Security Advisory Council visit

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The Coast Guard hosted a Homeland Security Advisory Council visit today involving demonstrations of Coast Guard assets, units and capabilities at Integrated Support Command Portsmouth. The event highlighted Coast Guard capabilities through demonstrations and tours from: * Coast Guard Cutter Harriet Lane, homeported in Portsmouth * Coast Guard Port Security Unit 305 from Fort...

Broadwater LNG Letter of Recommendation Signed

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – U.S. Coast Guard Captain Daniel Ronan, Captain of the Port of Long Island Sound, announced today he has signed the Letter of Recommendation (LOR) for Broadwater Energy, a joint development of Shell US Gas & Power, LLC and TransCanada Pipe Lines USA, LTD. The Coast Guard completed its assessment of the waterway for the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility to be...

Port Agencies to Respond to Terrorist Threat During Exercise

LOS ANGELES (D11 Public Affairs) – Harbor residents of Los Angeles and Long Beach will see increased law enforcement activity this Wednesday and Thursday as area emergency responders participate in a 2-day U.S. Coast Guard lead counterterrorism exercise. The exercise is designed to test the Area Maritime Security Plan that was mandated by the Maritime Security Transportation Act of 2002 (MTSA). The...

Coast Guard Establishes New Law Enforcement and Security Enlisted Rating

WASHINGTON (HQ Public Affairs) – Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen announced Monday the approval of the establishment of a new enlisted rating for law enforcement and security as part of the Coast Guard’s continuing transformation to meet America’s maritime challenges. “The establishment of an enlisted rating involving law enforcement and security duties will enhance our...

Security zone established for Rose Fest fleet visit

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Coast Guard will enforce and maintain a controlled access area on the Willamette River while Navy and Coast Guard vessels are tied up at the seawall between the Steel and Morrison Bridges throughout the fleet’s visit June 4-9. Boaters who need to pass through the controlled access area must contact the Coast Guard security escort vessel on VHF-FM channel 16. Commercial...

Coast Guard findings suggest safe port, good agency cooperation

BOSTON – Following an inspection of scores of shipping containers, the Coast Guard today reports findings consistent with a compliant and safe shipping industry in the port of Boston. The Coast Guard and nearly two dozen other federal, state and local agencies joined Thursday at four high-traffic shipping points in Boston in search of dangerous cargo inside inter-modal containers. Two teams situated...

DHS Realigns TWIC Compliance Date

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced that the final compliance date for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program will be April 15, 2009, which reflects a realignment of the Sept. 25, 2008 compliance date set in the final rule. The seven month extension is a direct result of collaboration with port officials and industry, and realigns the enrollment...