569 - 2/08 - Entry conditions for ships arriving from

Date: 29/02/2008

Section 70110 of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 provides that the Secretary of Homeland Security may impose conditions on ships requesting entry into the United States arriving from ports that are not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures.

The Coast Guard has determined that not all ports in Indonesia are maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures. Only Indonesian ports listed below are considered to have effective anti-terrorism measures in place.

Accordingly, from 10 March 2008, the Coast Guard will impose the following conditions of entry on ships that visited ports in Indonesia during their last five port calls. Ships must:

·  Implement measures as per the ship's security plan equivalent to Security Level 2

·  Ensure that, when in an Indonesian port not listed below, each access point to the ship is guarded and that the guards have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and waterside) of the ship. Guards may be provided by the ship's crew, however additional crewmembers should be placed on the ship 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 ship's master and Company Security Officer

·  Attempt to execute a Declaration of Security

·  Log all security actions in the ship's log

·  Report actions taken to the cognizant US Coast Guard Captain of the Port prior to arrival into US waters

·  Ensure that, while in US ports, each access point to the ship is guarded by armed, private security guards and that they have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and waterside) of the ship. The number and position of the guards has to be acceptable to the cognizant Coast Guard Captain of the Port prior to the vessel's arrival.

The conditions mentioned here do not apply to ships visiting the following Indonesian ports:

PT Terminal Petikemas Surabaya, Banjarmasin Port, PT Pertamina Unit Pemasaran III Jakarta, Pertamina Unit Pengolahan V Balikpapan, Senipah Terminal Total E&P Indonesia Balikpapan, Caltex Oil Terminal Dumai, Pelindo II Conventional Terminal Jakarta, Jakarta International Container Terminal, PT Pupuk Kaltim Bontang, PT Badak Bontang, PT Indominco Mandiri Bontang, Pertamina Unit Pengolahan II Dumai, PT Pelabuhan Indonesia I Cabang Dumai, Semarang International Container Terminal, Belawan Multi-Purpose Terminal and PT Multimas Nabati Asahan.

The current list of countries not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures is now as follows: Indonesia, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, and Mauritania.

Source of information:  GAC Houston Hub Agency Centre

Email: hub.us@gacworld.com

Internet: www.gacworld.com

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