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2019 Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) Annual Report


The Office of Port and Facility Compliance (CG-FAC) published its 2019 AMSC Annual Report on the status of AMSCs and the work completed by AMSCs in 2019.
In 2019, AMSCs and their respective subcommittees collectively facilitated 2,189 events. This total included 1,010 administrative AMSC meetings (e.g., Executive Steering Committees and General AMSC meetings) and 1,179 training specific events (including 108 joint agency training meetings, 927 maritime security training operations, 97 training exercises, 33 Incident Command System training sessions, and 14 Maritime Transportation System (MTS) Recovery Unit training sessions).
Challenges and corresponding suggestions identified in the AMSC Annual Report included:
  • Cybersecurity;
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS);
  • Homeport 2.0;
  • Port Security Specialist (PSS) training;
  • Interoperable communications with local and state agencies; and
  • Active Shooter (AS) / Active Threat (AT).
The AMSC Annual Report also highlighted various accomplishments, including:
  • Cybersecurity and intelligence subcommittee training seminars and workshops;
  • Planning, training, and exercising of coordinated responses to potential AS/AT incidents;
  • Chartering a number of working groups and subcommittees on UAS concerns;
  • A real-world Preventive Radiological and Nuclear Detection (PRND) response in the Sault Region AMSC;
  • Enhanced maritime domain awareness in the New York / New Jersey AMSC;
  • Completion of 5-year revisions and re-approval of Area Maritime Security Plans (AMSPs);
  • Western Alaska AMSC 2019 security exercises;
  • Creation of the Risk Reduction and Resource Assessment Model (3RAM) that surpasses vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices screening requirements outlined in MARSEC Directives 104-5 and 105-2 within the ferry system; and
  • Development of an active shooter Quick Response Card (QRC).
The AMSC Annual Report provided best practices on:
  • Cybersecurity and information sharing;
  • Senior leader workshops for law enforcement and fire department supervisors;
  • Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA);
  • UAS response;
  • Active shooter education and training;
  • AMSC meetings; and
  • Participation in the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Intermodal Security Training and Exercise Program (I-STEP).
The AMSC Annual Report concluded with input from Headquarters, including:
  • Cybersecurity and the publication of Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 01-20: Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risks at MTSA Regulated Facilities;
  • Implementation of guidelines from the 2018 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act for authorized federal Counter-UAS (C-UAS) users and providing specific requirements in an internal Policy Letter on operating/deploying C-UAS for authorized units;
  • Publication of NVIC 09-02, Change 5: Guidelines for the Area Maritime Security Committees (AMSC) and Area Maritime Security Plans (AMSP) for U.S. Ports;
  • Development of the pilot Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Maritime AS/AT Course; and
  • National planning for hurricanes, including identifying Coast Guard PSS and Security Specialists (SS) / Port / Recovery (P/R) from outside of the probable impacted areas to prepare for deployment in support of MTS Recovery operations.