CG-FAC Highlights in the 2020 Annual Report

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance has released the Office of Port and Facility Compliance 2020 Annual Report. This report highlights the efforts of CG-FAC and its partners to ensure the safety and security of doing business at our port communities.

A few highlights of the report include:

  • FEMA National Response Coordination Center
  • COVID-19 Marine Transportation System Recovery Support Cell
  • Reporting of Inadequate Port Reception Facilities
  • Certificate of Adequacy Field Visits
  • Arctic Work on Prevention of Pollution of the Marine Environment
  • Alternative Security Program (ASP) Sponsoring Organizations Meet to Discuss Cyber Issues

MTSA Security

As of January 2021, there were 2,776 facilities subject to the MTSA, of which 2,386 require Facility Security Plans (FSP). Approximately 203 additional facilities have a valid approval letter for an Alternative Security Program (ASP). In 2020, the Coast Guard completed 4,677 security-related MTSA annual and spot check examinations and recorded 95 enforcement offenses against MTSA-regulated facility owners or operators for non-compliance with MTSA regulations. In some cases, examinations were not conducted due to the facility closing or changing their operations, thus removing them from Coast Guard jurisdictional oversight. The 95 enforcement actions in 2020 took place at “MTSA-regulated facilities” to include Notices of Violation, Letters of Warning, or Administrative Civil Penalties.

U.S. Inspected Facility Enforcement Activities for 33 C.F.R. Part 105 Violations

On the Horizon for 2021

  • CG-FAC is looking at alternative avenues to interact with the field since our normally-scheduled workshops were postponed or cancelled in 2020 and 2021. Additional details will be posted later this year to CG-FAC’s Portal Pages.
  • CG-FAC-1 (Cyber) continues to address Coast Guard-specific tasking from the FAA Reauthorization Act, which directs the Coast Guard, in coordination with other stakeholders, to establish a cyber risk assessment model for the marine transportation system. This cyber risk assessment tool will follow the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Cybersecurity Framework, similar to CG-FAC’s work on Cybersecurity Framework Profiles (CFP).
  • CG-FAC-1 (MTSR) is continuing its efforts to finalize the development of the Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for the Security Specialist (Port/Recovery) Program.
  • CG-FAC-1 (AMSC) is updating its policy letter for AMSC Annual Reports to address duplication of data collected.
  • CG-FAC-2 (Safety and Security) is working on numerous projects to update existing and create new policies and procedures. Keep an eye on the message board, FAC Notes, and your email for ways you can help shape these policies, and release of information when updates are completed.