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"


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 facility would be classified as Risk Group A if it...

Port & Facility Compliance 2016 Review
By Denessa Bacallan


Facility Security Officer Training Course Available
By Denessa Bacallan


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

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 emerging trends and issues in facility security. So c...


"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