DHS Moves to Update MTSA
Toward that end, the Coast Guard has indicated that the NPRM would:
• Address screening standards for port and vessel facilities;
• Establish security training standards that will be modeled after the courses developed by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), and the training standards and courses developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO); and
• Update existing regulations regarding the areas of maritime security plans, facility and vessel security plans, and facility exercise requirements found in SAFE Port.
This regulatory update coincides with ongoing discussions regarding "harmonization" with the Chemical-Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). Although MTSA-CFATS harmonization remains a subject of discussion (with slow but steady movement), early indications suggest that harmonization is separate from (though loosely related to) the necessary process of updating the longstanding MTSA regulations.
Guest Blogger: Steve Roberts
Steve Roberts is an attorney who practices in the rapidly developing area of homeland security law and regulation. Mr. Roberts writes and speaks frequently on the legal aspects of homeland security and counterterrorism affecting the nation's critical infrastructure. His audiences have included government departments and agencies - such as the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Defense, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service, Coast Guard, and the Federal Reserve - as well as academia and industry. His written work has appeared in newspapers, magazines, and law reviews.
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