U.S. Coast Guard releases updates to Guidelines for Area Maritime Security Committees and Area Maritime Security Plans for U.S. Ports

The Office of Port and Facility Compliance has released the Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 09-02, change 5, Guidelines for the Area Maritime Security Committees (AMSC) and Area Maritime Security Plans (AMSP) for U.S. Ports. Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy, Rear Adm. John Nadeau, signed the NVIC April 19, 2019.

The updated NVIC provides guidance to Coast Guard operational commanders, Area Maritime Security Committee members and the maritime community with the development and maintenance of Area Maritime Security (AMS) Assessments, Area Maritime Security Plans and promotes unity of effort among all stakeholders with maritime security interests at the port level. In addition, the NVIC provides a user friendly, step-by-step template to ensure AMSP consistency nationwide, but allows flexibility due to different variables port to port.

NVIC 09-02 change 5 revisions include a new enclosure 5 that provides a Cyber Incident Response Template modeled after the Department of Homeland Security’s National Cyber Incident Response Plan. Enclosure 5 was previously the placeholder for the Marine Transportation System Recovery Plan, which was removed from NVIC 09-02 and is now located here.

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Andrea Lee