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MARSHALL ISLANDS - SHIP SECURITH ADVISORY NO. 4-15 - CONDITIONS OF ENTRY FOR VESSELS ARRIVING AT UNITED STATES PORTS FROM CERTAIN COUNTRIES

Mar. 26 2015

Marshall Islands - Ship Securith Advisory No. 4-15 - Conditions of entry for vessels arriving at United States ports from certain countries

United States Coast Guard (USCG) has announced that, effective 8 April 2015 it will impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving in the United States (US) from any port in Yemen other than Balhalf LNG Terminal during their last five (5) port calls.

Any vessel arriving in the US that called in any of the countries listed on page 2 (with exceptions noted) during its previous five (5) port calls must take actions 1 through 5 listed below: 

1. Implement measures per the vessel’s security plan equivalent to Security Level 2 while in a port of a listed country. As defined in the ISPS Code and incorporated herein, ‘‘Security Level 2’’ refers to the ‘‘level for which appropriate additional protective security measures shall be maintained for a period of time as a result of heightened risk of a security incident.’’ 

2. Ensure that each access point to the vessel is guarded and that the guards have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and waterside) of the vessel while in a port of a listed country. Guards may be: 

- provided by the vessel’s crew, however, additional crew members should be placed on the vessel if necessary to ensure that limits on maximum hours of work are not exceeded and/or minimum hours of rest are met; or 

 - provided by outside security forces approved by the vessel’s Master and Company Security Officer. As defined in the ISPS Code and incorporated herein, ‘‘Company Security Officer’’ refers to the ‘‘person designated by the Company for ensuring that a ship security assessment is carried out; that a ship security plan is developed, submitted for approval, and thereafter implemented and maintained and for liaison with port facility security officers and the ship security officer.’’

3. Attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in a port of a listed country;

4. Log all security actions in the vessel’s security records; and

5. Report actions taken to the cognizant USCG Captain of the Port (COTP) prior to arrival in the US. 

Masters of vessels arriving at a US port whose last five (5) port calls included a port in a listed country (with exceptions noted) should expect that the USCG will board their vessel at sea in order to ensure that the required actions were complied with. Failure to properly implement the above conditions of entry while in a port in one of the listed countries will most likely result in the vessel being denied entry into the US.

Based on the findings of the USCG boarding or examination, the vessels subject to the conditions of entry shown on page 1 may be required to ensure that each access point to the ship is guarded by armed security guards and that they have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and waterside) of the vessel while in US ports. The number and location of the guards must be acceptable to the cognizant USCG Captain of the Port. For those vessels that have demonstrated good security compliance and can document that they took the measures called for in items 1 through 4 above, the armed security guard requirement will normally be waived.

Owners and operators of vessels that are due to arrive in a US port after calling at a port in any of the countries listed above are strongly urged to review the conditions of entry prior to their vessel arriving at a port in one of these countries.

Additional Maritime Administrator guidance relating to vessel security, areas where Republic of the Marshall Islands registered vessels are either required or recommended to set MARSEC Level II, and vessel piracy is posted on the website, www.register-iri.com, on the Maritime Security page. Vessel operators with questions regarding this guidance should contact the Maritime Administrator by sending an email to shipsecurity@register-iri.com.

Please be reminded that all ships lodging an Advance Notice of Arrival with the US are also required to copy the Maritime Administrator by sending an email to NOA@register-iri.com.

This Advisory supersedes Marine Safety Advisory No. 27-14.