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August 23, 2016

From the Desk of Capt. Jeff Monroe


The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) published its final outlining which facilities and vessels will be required to use TWIC readers effective August 23, 2018. In two years, and facilities covered by the rule must update their security plans by the deadline. In an earlier proposed rule, most maritime facilities and vessels will not be required to have TWIC readers and TWICs will continue as a visual identity badge for most of those required to have the document. The Coast Guard has estimated that only 16 percent of regulated facilities, or 525 facilities, and only a few vessels will be subject to the reader rule. The rule applies to “Risk Group A” vessels and facilities that handle Certain Dangerous Cargos (CDCs) in bulk which does not include containers. In addition, facilities that receive vessels certificated to carry more than 1,000 passengers, and certain towing vessels will have to have the readers. The final rule provides additional flexibility with regard to the purchase, installation, and use of electronic readers. It states that instead of requiring the use of a TWIC reader on the Transportation Security Administrations’ (TSA) Qualified Technology List (QTL), owners and operators can choose to fully integrate electronic TWIC inspection and biometric matching into a new or existing Physical Access Control System (PACS). The rule also allows vessels and facilities to move between Risk Group A, requiring electronic reading of TWICs, and a lower risk status depending on the type of vessel and cargo being handled. For example, if a cruise ship is not at the facility, it can classify itself at a lower risk level. A facility that wants to employ this flexible strategy must outline how it will go back and forth between the different risk levels in its facility security plan.


Risk management company RMS has issued a report regarding ports around the world that pose a high insurance risk. The analysis shows that while the riskiest two ports are in Japan (Nagoya — $2.3 billion) and China (Guangzhou — $2 billion). Six of the ten ports most at risk are in the U.S. with Asia-Pacific and European ports also a major concern. The findings are expected to cause concern among marine insurers..

Ports at Risk of Highest Losses

1. Nagoya, Japan $2.3 billion 2. Guangzhou, China $2.0 billion 3. Plaquemines, LA, U.S. $1.5 billion 4. Bremerhaven, Germany $1.0 billion 5. New Orleans, LA, U.S. $1.0 billion 6. Pascagoula, MS, U.S. $1.0 billion 7. Beaumont, TX, U.S. $0.9 billion 8. Baton Rouge, LA, U.S. $0.8 billion 9. Houston, TX, U.S. $0.8 billion 10. Le Havre, France $0.7 billion


A U.S. Federal Court has ruled in favor of the owner of the tanker Athos 1 and has held that the terminal it was transiting to be held responsible for most costs associated with the spill. The court ruled that CARCO, operator of the facility in Paulsboro, NJ, had breached its safe berth warranty and will reimburse Frescati Shipping and the U.S. Government for most of the associated costs. CARGO (Citco Asphalt Refining Company) will pay $55 million to Frescati and half of the U.S. Government’s cost, about $44 million plus interest. This case prompted the addition of new language to most tariffs to provide coverage for terminals in case of similar incidents.


The Association last New England seminar for 2016-2017 will be offered next month in Portland. Seminars will be offered in the future at host ports, working with local trade and port associations. The membership feedback has been to take the seminars to them. This includes the Southeast U.S., Gulf of Mexico, West Coast, Mid-Atlantic and regions of Canada and the Caribbean. On another note, Capt. Jeff Monroe will only be doing future port executive seminars through the IAMPE and its affiliates. Those services will no longer be provided through commercial entities. Please contact John Gleason, Registrar at or call (207)200-2420. We close registration 2 weeks before the seminar date begins. Only 5 slots left.

MPM-MPE, Portland, Maine: September 26 to September 30

Continuing Education Seminar: Portland, ME Oct 11-Oct 13

16 Credits toward AMPE. Program includes industry update, judicial actions and tariff issues, business develop and the logistics model, federal grant funding, port resiliency in addressing potential disasters and interruption of business. Registration closes Oct. 1st. Cost: $$900.00 USD for both days. Maximum number 20.

Applications are available from John Gleason, IAMPE Registrar at or by calling 207-200-2420.

Marine Port Management (2 Days-16 hours) $1,000 USD

Marine Port Executive (2.5 days-20 hours) $1,000 USD

Continuing Education (2 days, 16 hours) $ 900 USD

Why IAMPE Seminars are best for port professionals:

  1. Lowest cost, highest quality program.

  2. Ongoing free support to seminar participants after the program

  3. Recognized industry wide professional certification.

  4. Recognized by the Loeb-Sullivan Graduate School at Maine Maritime Academy for academic credit.

  5. Continuing education credits for other professional certifications.

  6. Free membership to seminar participants in the IAMPE (first year) with full access to our electronic library.

  7. Standards set by the 22 member board of port and industry professionals who monitor and maintain professional standards for the seminars and organization.

  8. Only organization offering an accredited certification to industry professionals.

  9. Over 1,000 port executives, military officers, and terminal managers certified from the Western Hemisphere, Europe and Asia.

Wishing all of you a great fall.

Capt. Jeffrey W. Monroe, MM, MTM, AMPE Director: Education, Standards and Training Programs International Association of Maritime and Port Executives 11 Katahdin Road. Portland, ME 04107-2828 USA Phone: (207) 741-7000, Cell: (207) 615-7989

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