RMI Ship Security Advisory
The Republic of the Marshall Islands has issued Ship Security Advisory to advise that any vessel arriving in the US that called any of the countries listed below (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 here in,”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:
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.
The following countries are affected by the USCG’s imposition of conditions of entry:
- Nigeria (with the exception of APP Apapa Bulk Terminal, APP AP Moller Terminal, APP Greenview Terminal, BON Bonny River Terminal, BON NLGN Bonny Terminaland BON SPDC Bonny Offshore Terminal)
- Republic of Yemen (with the exception of the Ash Shihr Terminal, the Balhalf LNGTerminal and the port of Hodeidah)
- Cote d’Ivoire
- Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe
- Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
- Madagascar (with the exception of Toamasina (also known as Tamatave) – MGTMM-0001)
- Cameroon (with the exception of the Ebome Marine Terminal – CM394-0001; QuaiGETMA (LAMNALCO Base) Facility – CMDLA-0005; the Société Nationale deRaffinage (SONARA) Terminal – IMO number not listed and the Kome-Kribi 1-CM234-0001)
- Equatorial Guinea (with the exception of the ports of Ceiba – GQ362-0001/0002; K-5Oil Center – IMO number not listed; Luba – GQLUB-0001; Punta Europa Terminal -GQ368-0001; and Zafiro Marine Terminal – GQ370-0001)
- Liberia (with the exception of the Firestone Facility – IMO number not listed; and Portof Monrovia – IMO Number LRMLW-0001)
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 inorder 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 may be required to ensure that each access point to the shipis 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.
However, vessels that visited Monrovia, Liberia (Firestone Facility and Port of Liberia) during their last five port calls prior to entering the US will not normally be boarded at sea by the USCG unless other targeting factors apply, nor will these vessels be required to provide armed security guards while in ports of the US.
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