October 24, 2002

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 10-02, entitled Security Guidelines for Vessels. It can be download at

http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/nvic/10-02.pdf

The NVIC notes that "commercial vessels present a target of opportunity for those desiring to harm the interests of the United States." Among other things the guidelines provide for appointing company and ship security officers, performing security assessments, establishing protective measures, preparing vessel security plans, and coordinating security arrangements with waterfront facilities through a joint Declaration of Security.

The guidelines are consistent with international security requirements being developed at IMO. The proposed international requirements can be accessed at

http://www.uscg.mil/hq/g-m/imosec.htm.

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