Coast Guard Sector San Juan hosts Aruba and Curacao during International Port Security visit

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – Coast Guard Sector San Juan hosted delegates from the Kingdom of the Netherlands Island of Aruba and Netherland Antilles Island of Curacao during a three-day International Port Security visit to port facilities in Puerto Rico Aug 17-19.

“We want to make sure that our international trading partners receive the same courtesies extended to us when we visit their ports and facilities and provide them with the latest executable information to include overseeing the actual paces of a port facility inspection,” said Lt Cmdr. Luis Parrales, Sector San Juan chief of inspections division . “This professional exchange between maritime experts allows us to better represent the Coast Guard’s International Port Security Program throughout the Caribbean, as we continue to build and maintain relationships in this key maritime arena.”

Ricardo Lansiquot, Aruba National Security Advisor; Ronnie Angela, Port Facility Security Officer Aruba Ports Authority; Gregory Lacle, Curacao Port Facility Security Officer and Marlon La Roche, Curacao Harbor Master, received a tour of San Juan Harbor and visited port and water front facilities such as the Puerto Rico Ports Authority Cruise Ship Terminal in Old San Juan, Crowley Service facility in Isla Grande, the Commonwealth Oil Refining Company, Inc. and the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority EcoElectric facilities in Guayanilla, Puerto Rico. 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 delegates of Aruba and Curacao 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.

[amazon-product]159594236X[/amazon-product]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.

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