Maritime Security Development

Maritime Defense Strategy, LLC provides a full range of Maritime Security training, audit and compliance services in meeting U.S. Coast Guard standards for assessment and communication of potential terrorist risk of maritime facilities and vessels.

  • MTSA Audits

  • MTSA Records & Documentation Review

  • Facility Security Plan Development

  • Facility Security Vulnerability Assessment

  • Drill & Exercise Program

  • TWIC Compliance

MTSA Security Audits

Maritime Defense Strategy, LLC will conduct Maritime Security Third Party Annual Audit in accordance with requirements of 33 CFR 105.415.Maritime Defense Strategy, LLC provides a security professional that meets the prerequisites of 33 CFR 105.415 (b)(4) who works closely with facility personnel to conduct a comprehensive FSP audit. Each audit includes onsite evaluation and inspection of facility security operations with respect to: security organization; personnel security training; facility security drill and exercise program; sensitive security information record keeping and documentation; security procedures for interfacing with vessels, including Declaration of Security protocols; security communications; security measures for access control, restricted areas, cargo handling, and delivery of stores and bunkers; security measures for monitoring; and security incident procedures. Audit will include a review and assessment of the Facility Plan, and facility security compliance will be verified by an Maritime Defense Strategy, LLC security professional. Maritime Defense Strategy, LLC will produce a post-audit summary conforming with NVIC 03-03 guidelines with a letter certifying the Facility Security Plan and Facility Program comply with applicable portions of code.

Facility Security Vulnerability Assessment

Maritime Defense Strategy, LLC security professional will work closely with the Facility Security Officer to conduct a comprehensive onsite Security Vulnerability Assessment (SVA) using a methodology that meets the requirements of 33 CFR 105.305. SVA will include an assessment of the general layout of the facility including personnel, vehicle and rail access points, security barriers and lighting, secure and restricted areas in relation to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Program, risks, and response capabilities and protocols for security incidents. The SVA analysis will include a report outlining vulnerabilities and provide recommendations and action plans to establish and prioritize security measures that should be included in the facility’s security plan. Maritime Defense Strategy, LLC uses the most up to date Security Risk Assessment Methodology for the Petroleum

and Petrochemical Industries from ANSI/API Standard. 

Facility Security Plans

Based on vulnerabilities identified in the facility SVA, MDSI will draft for the facility a comprehensive Facility Security Plan (FSP) designed to mitigate identified vulnerabilities that meet the requirements of 33 CFR 105, 49 CFR 172 Subpart I. Maritime Defense Strategy, LLC will draft an FSP in compliance with new requirements of the TWIC Program. The FSP will describe the facility’s security organization; personnel security training; facility security drill and exercise program; sensitive security information protection program, record keeping and documentation; security responses to changes in MARSEC levels; security procedures for interfacing with vessels, including Declaration of Security protocol, security communications, security systems and equipment maintenance; security measures for access control, restricted areas, cargo handling, and delivery of store and bunkers; security measures for monitoring; and security incident procedures. The FSP will include a completed Facility Vulnerability and Security Measures Summary, and will be submitted to the U.S. Coast Guard for approval. As a direct result of our extensive Coast Guard experience, Maritime Defense Strategy, Facility Security Plans are highly regarded by the United States Coast Guard.

Drill & Exercise Program

 Maritime Defense Strategy, LLC will conduct three quarterly MARSEC drills and one annual MARSEC exercise for the calendar year that complies with the requirements of 33 CFR 105.220. A professional Maritime Defense Strategy, LLC security professional will plan and facilitate each onsite quarterly drill (one of which will be unannounced) and will include: an interactive operational security response event that will involve the Facility Security Officer (FSO), a portion of the facility security force, and facility operational personnel. Each drill will complement the previous drill scenarios and will include a pre-exercise safety briefing and post-exercise lessons learned briefing facilitated by Maritime Defense Strategy, LLC. The exercise will test security communications, notification procedures, and elements of the Facility Security Plan. All Drills & Exercises come with a detailed final action report.

TWIC Reader Compliance

On August 23, 2016, the United States Coast Guard along with the Transportation Security Administration released the TWIC Reader Final Rule. This rule will affect 525 MTSA Regulated Facilities out of current 3,500 facilities. These 525 facilities consist of facilities that handle CDC "Certain Dangerous Cargo" in bulk or receive CDC at there facility or receive vessels registed to carry more than 1,000 passangers. Maritime Defense Strategy, LLC has gone over the Final Rule and is ready to assist your company with it's implementation. Currently the TWIC Reader final ruling is being delayed until 2021. 

"Maritime Defense Strategy, LLC provides excellent work and are very knowledgeable. Their compliance audits are very extensive and help ensure the client understands not only what is required but why and what you can do to meet the requirements. Great company and good people to work with."

Rob Carney- Ergon Refining- Vicksburg, MS