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1 Harbor Safety and You The Auxiliary’s Role in Harbor Safety and Security US Coast Guard Auxiliary Department of Marine Safety and Environmental Protection

2 Maritime Domain Awareness Security and homeland defense begin with “situational awareness” -- what’s going on…? We work in the maritime domain -- the rivers, harbors, port and waterways of our communities and our nation Our challenge: use our interests, training and skills to build maritime awareness

3 A Busy Place on the Water The maritime domain is a busy place: –commercial shipping (ocean and coastal) –fishing vessels –ferries and small passenger vessels –tugboats and barges –cruise ships –special purpose vessels (drilling rigs, etc.) –and -- a whole variety of recreational boats

4 A Modal Interconnect The water’s edge is a meeting and connecting place for transport modes: –Deep-draft ocean commerce –Highways, roadways and ferry terminals –Railroads … and sometimes subways –Coastwise and inter-coastal shipping –In some places, airports (Newark, LA, Boston) –Parks, marinas and recreational boats

5 Where the Sea Meets the Land Ports and waterways attract special kinds of users –terminals and petrochemical refineries –power plants that need cooling water –seafood processors –container handling and storage yards –industries requiring a lot of water (steel, AL) – and recreational boaters looking for fun!

6 An Economic Engine Ports, terminals and marinas -- and the traffic they service -- are big business 95% of all foreign trade is moved by vessels95% of all foreign trade is moved by vessels 25% of domestic trade is moved by vessels25% of domestic trade is moved by vessels 16 million jobs affecting directly 50 million people16 million jobs affecting directly 50 million people 22 million recreational boaters (an Auxiliary challenge...)22 million recreational boaters (an Auxiliary challenge...) 29,000 commercial fishing vessels (again, Auxiliary...)29,000 commercial fishing vessels (again, Auxiliary...)

7 A Sensitive Environment Coastal fisheries need protection Offshore fisheries depend on coastal nursery grounds and marine food chain Marine mammals need protection People want clean water at the beach Boaters want clean water for boating Marinas want a clean environment

8 Confluence and Conflict Users have different wants and needs in the maritime domain: –Plants and sewer operators want to dump effluent -- which must be treated –Commercial operators need deep dredged channels and commercial access –Recreational boaters want parks, marinas, ramps and plenty of open water

9 The MTS Report to Congress A New Initiative -- A Coordinated Approach to Managing the Nation’s Maritime Transportation System U.S. Department of Transportation Report submitted September 1999 by the Secretary of Transportation

10 A Management Approach MTS and Seven Strategic Areas for Action: –Coordination –Funding the Marine Transportation System –MTS Competitiveness and Mobility –Improving Awareness of the MTS –Information Management and Infrastructure –Security –Safety and Environmental Protection

11 An Honest Broker The Coast Guard and Navigation and Inspection Circular (NVIC) 1-00 –“Harbor Safety Committees are often the only local bodies available for facility operators and port users to meet and discuss mutual safety, mobility and environmental protection issues.” –“It is our intention to actively promote and encourage the establishment and expansion of these organizations.” from NVIC 1-00

12 The Harbor Safety Committee What does it do: Coordinates MTS activities Advocates and Supports Funding of the MTS Supports MTS Competition and Mobility Promotes Improved Awareness of the MTS Promotes Effective Information Management and Infrastructure Security Promotes Safety and Environmental Protection

13 Who’s On the Committee? 1. The Commercial Maritime Community Port Authority Vessel owners and operators (tankers, dry cargo, barges, ferries) Harbor pilots and pilot associations Marine Exchange Docking pilots/tug and tow operators Shipping agents Terminal operators Shipyards Industry associations (national, state and local) Organized labor Commercial fishing industry associations

14 2. Government Agencies and Organizations State and local government agencies Coastal Zone Management agencies Environmental Agencies Regional Development Agencies Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) Emergency Management Agencies & LEPCs Fire and police departments Harbor masters Transportation Agencies Occupational Safety Agencies Federal Government representatives US Coast Guard (COTPs, Groups, District Aids to Navigation/WWM/Marine Safety Branches) MARAD NOAA (hydrographic, fisheries, endangered species, etc.) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FEMA OSHA INS/Customs/DEA U.S. Navy FHWA/FRA/FTA EPA Other government representatives (e.g., St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation) Foreign government and maritime industry representatives where appropriate

15 3. Boaters and the Public Environmental and citizens groups Waterfront developers Recreational boaters Rowing clubs Yacht racing associations Members of the general public From: NVIC 1-00

16 Promoting Safe Boating Including recreational boating interests is vital because of the increased use of our ports and waterways by many users with conflicting interests. Recreational use of our ports and waterways, often intermingled with commercial users, is on the increase and presents increasing safety issues for HSCs. Therefore, regardless of their degree of involvement all stakeholder groups need to be provided agendas, minutes of meetings and other important information. From NVIC 1-00 USCG: Operation BoatSmart and Safe Boating...

17 Respecting the Environment As port operations and development have the potential of affecting natural resources and other environmental issues, there will likely be increasing impetus to include environmental group representation in HSCs in the future. This is clearly indicated in the MTS Report to Congress: “The environmental protection of the MTS ensures its desired efficiency and safety. In recent years, there has been a growing public awareness of potential adverse environmental impacts from the MTS.... Improving integrated and non-regulatory approaches that involve all levels of government, MTS users and all stakeholders is important in addressing the future trends and challenges in MTS environmental protection.” from NVIC 1-00

18 Honoring the Mariner The Coast Guard Wants to Involve Stakeholders and to Respect their Points of View Local coordination plays a critical role in improving our MTS. It is recognized that the establishment or enhancement of HSCs may add time, effort and possible funding burdens to local port stakeholders. However, HSC establishment/enhancement is a key first step in moving forward with many of the recommendations in the much larger MTS initiative, in which HSCs are viewed as key coordinating bodies. There are also numerous advantages to HSCs using the guidance outlined here. Enhancing local coordination and plugging into a national coordinating structure allows a stronger local voice for vetting issues to a higher level, facilitates more efficient handling of port issues and results in a better run, safer and more economically efficient port or waterway. Through adopting those traits that have helped other HSCs, using tools and assistance that the Coast Guard can provide and addressing issues that can advance our MTS as a whole, each individual port is improved. From NVIC 1-00

19 A Spirit of Cooperation Improved coordination among the public and private MTS stakeholders at the local, regional and national level is a key element of the MTS envisioned by One coordination recommendation is to “Encourage the creation of Harbor Safety Committees and regional organizations, where appropriate, to address local concerns.” HSCs are first and foremost a principal building block in the National MTS Coordinating Structure. Local input and coordination are critical to achieving any future enhancement of our Marine Transportation System. From NVIC 1-00

20 The “New Normalcy” Maritime Security Condition I … the “New Normalcy” Heightened Security, Balance All Missions Stronger Interagency Coordination - HSCs

21 Securing the Waterways The MTS Task Force concluded that many of the recommendations related to port MTS security will be considered by the Presidential Interagency Commission on Crime and Security in U.S. Seaports. It is likely that an HSC subcommittee on security can address items like terminal and ship vulnerability and threat assessments. Develop public/private sector MTS partnerships to establish security guidelines for onshore facilities, offshore facilities, and vessels. Implement incentive-based mechanisms to address MTS security vulnerabilities. The ICMTS and regional and local coordinating bodies should be engaged on this issue. Participants should include USCG, USCS, DOD, MARAD, private sector organizations, State and local authorities, and labor organizations. Recommend cargo throughput practices that accommodate necessary security inspection while minimizing delay. From NVIC 1-00

22 The Role of the Auxiliary Harbor Patrols Support assignments at local CG units Advocacy of the BoatSmart program Outreach and preparedness --> ICS a tool Membership and participation in the work of Harbor Safety Committees … especially in the area of recreational boating safety


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