Special Report - Marine transportation facilities face new US security regs

Next month, the US Coast Guard will publish regulations based on the 2002 Marine Transportation Security Act (MTSA), which directs compliance with international treaty obligations formulated by the International Maritime Organization.The IMO's Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) conventions have established security requirements by adding Section XI-2 that adopts a new International Ship and Port (Facility) Security Code.SOLAS signatories, of which the US is one, commit to bringing their maritime industries into compliance with the ISPS code by July 2004. By yearend 2003, affected US facilities must complete their planning to provide time for the Coast Guard to review those plans by the Jul...

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