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May
02
Possible TWIC Reader Delay
By Joseph powell

The U.S Coast guard has submitted proposed rule change to the of Office Budget Management (OBM) entitled " TWIC Reader Requirments, Delay of Effective Date"


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Apr
04
TWIC Card Reader- A Change of Heart or Not!
By Denessa Bacallan

Just over a year ago the USCG, had a change of heart or felt like someone had made a mistake. On March 31, 2017 the U.S. Coast Guard posted a blog post in the Maritime Commons in reference to handling CDC. The post discussed the perceived missed interpretation among stakeholder when it came to the term handling of Certain Dangerous Cargos (CDC). However, there was no missed interpretation among the maritime stakeholders. Stakeholder knew what the USCG meant when they defined Handling of CDC.

Discussions at public meetings prompted the Coast Guard to clarify the term ‘‘handle’’ as it related to non-maritime commerce. Specifically, the question was raised whether a fac...


Apr
02
A New TWIC Card For 2018- What to Expect
By Denessa Bacallan

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For some of you, you have already had a sneak peak at the new redesigned TWIC Card. The “NEXGEN” TWIC effort is focused on enhancing the TWIC cards functionality, creating new physical security features, and forging changes to the Technology Infrastructure Modernization (TIM) system. This is all being done because 90% of MTSA regulated facilities and vessel often use the TWIC Card as a “flash pass.” Thus, why the new TWIC Card is long overdue. The new feature will focus on prevent an ongoing problem of counterfeiting. The new updated design includes the following:

UPDATED DESIGN -

Enhanced card substrates

Covert, overt & forensic features

Color-coded expiration ...


Aug
15
The Importance of a Quality Auditor
By Denessa Bacallan

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Throughout the last 10 years, I have truly seen it all when it comes to the different styles of auditing a Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 regulated facility. From auditors who simply just check the box to auditors who audit a facility to see if they could withstand an invasion of 20 armed personnel. The spectrum is very wide; however, the quality is very narrow. When MTSA regulated facilities go out looking for an auditor, often times they are looking at price and “the cheaper the better” is not always the way to go. However, there is no need to spend $7,000.00 on a MTSA Security Audit either. To better help Facility Security Officers decide on who to hire t...


May
08
Port & Facility Compliance 2016 Review
By Denessa Bacallan

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On May 4 the Coast Guard Office of Port & Facility Compliance released its 2016 Year in Review, which can be viewed here: http://mariners.coastguard.dodlive.mil/2017/05/04/542017-office-of-port-facility-compliance-releases-its-2016-year-in-review/

The report shows in 2016, the Coast Guard completed 6,002 MTSA annual and spot check examination activities throughout all sectors. About a third of the enforcement actions are related to access control and occurred in the 8th USCG District. These numbers rose from 29 actions taken in 2015 to 61actions taken in 2016. This is contributed to USCG inspectors holding the facility and it’s FSO’s more accountable for their FSP. The USCG no...


Feb
27
Facility Security Officer Training Course Available
By Denessa Bacallan

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Maritime Defense Strategy, LLC, will be holding a Facility Security Officer Training Course- USCG Approved

When:April 25, 2017 @ 9:00am

Where: Port of Lake Charles- Harbor Police Command Center

To RSVP: Contact Joseph Powell @ 352-302-1442 or jpowell@mdsicompliance.com

Why should you attend:

Others say they are the Gold Standard, but here at MDSI we are the Gold Standard in Coast Guard Approved FSO training, with over 1,500 certified FSO(s) and over 2,000 trained Security Personnel it is no wonder way many now are turning to MDSI for all their training needs

Maritime Defense Strategy also offers Refresher FSO courses to keep your current FSO up-to-date on the latest regulatory changes and emergi...


Nov
29
The Importance of a Quality Auditor
By Denessa Bacallan

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The Importance of a Quality Auditor

Throughout the last 10 years, I have truly seen it all when it comes to the different styles of auditing a Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 regulated facility. From auditors who simply just check the box to auditors who audit a facility to see if they could withstand an invasion of 20 armed personnel. The spectrum is very wide; however, the quality is very narrow. When MTSA regulated facilities go out looking for an auditor, often times they are looking at price and “the cheaper the better” is not always the way to go. However, there is no need to spend $7,000.00 on a MTSA Security Audit either. To better help Facility Security Of...


Oct
17
What Does The TWIC Reader Final Ruling Meaning by “Handling” CDC?
By Denessa Bacallan

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As you can see by the title of this article many MTSA regulated facilities have been asking, “What do they “The USCG” mean by “Handling” CDC? Many believe that it only has to do with the maritime aspect of your facility. Well you’re wrong. On page 57681 of the TWIC Reader Final Rule you will find the following:

Several commenters requested clarification of the use of the word ‘‘handle.’’ Proposed § 105.253(a)(1) categorizes facilities that handle CDC in bulk as Risk Group A facilities, but commenters had questions about how to interpret this phrase. These commenters requested clarification on how a facility would be classified...


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