United States Coast Guard (USCG)

The USCG is responsible for the security of our ports and shipyards. The USCG has implemented the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program and thus interacts with AFPM member sites on a regular basis. AFPM has had a great relationship with USCG during the development and current implementation of the MTSA and TWIC programs. This close industrial partnership has ensured the safety, security, and economic wellbeing of our nation.

Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA)

Maritime Transportation Security Act The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) is designed to protect the nation’s ports and waterways from terrorist attacks. The goal of the MTSA program is to prevent a Maritime Transportation Security Incident - defined as any incident that results in: loss of life, environmental damage, transportation system disruption, or economic disruption to a significant area.

The USCG and Cyber

American ports, terminals, ships, refineries, and support systems are vital components of our nation’s critical infrastructure, national security, and economy. Cyber attacks on industrial control systems could kill or injure workers, damage equipment, expose the public and the environment to harmful pollutants, and lead to extensive economic damage. Fortunately, certain safety efforts such as assessing risk, adopting measures to reduce that risk, assessing progress, revising, and advancing security can significantly improve an organization’s risk reduction efforts and increase resilience through continuity of business planning.

USCG Cyber Home Page

Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC)

This is a vital security measure that will ensure individuals who pose a threat do not gain unescorted access to secure areas of the nation’s maritime transportation system. Congress directed the federal government, through the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), to issue a biometric security credential to individuals who require unescorted access to secure areas of facilities and vessels and all mariners holding Coast Guard- issued credentials or qualification documents.

Coast Guard-credentialed merchant mariners, port facility employees, long shore workers, truck drivers, and others requiring unescorted access to secure areas of maritime facilities and vessels regulated by MTSA are required to get a TWIC.

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