January 28, 2010
Coast Guard issues Port Security Advisory for Haiti
The U.S. Coast Guard says that because of the devastation caused by the recent earthquake the U.S. has concerns about Haiti's current ability to execute, maintain and audit the port facility requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, and therefore, the adequacy of security measures in place at port facilities in Haiti.
The Coast Guard therefore recommends that vessels calling on ports in Haiti take the following actions:
a) take measures consistent with the ship's security plan equivalent to Security Level 2;
b) ensure that each access point to the ship is guarded and that the guards have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and waterside) of the vessel.
c) attempt to execute a Declaration of Security;
d) log all security actions in the ship's log; and
e) report the actions taken directly to the cognizant U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port prior to arrival to the U.S.
The advisory says that Implementing the recommended security measures will generally expedite vessel entry into the U.S.