asked the new attendees to introduce themselves.
ITEM #1 Call to Order
Robin Bond called the meeting to order.
Bill Anonsen – Maritime Security – Cruise Ship Update
Bill presented this initially
to the Area Maritime Security Committee participating agencies that would make
up a Unified Command in a cruise ship security incident.
Cruise ships due to their high
profile are an attractive target. The
cruise ships industry maintains as one of their highest priority, cruise ship
security. They are inherently
secure due to their design. All
of the cruise lines work together through associations to standardize security
measures. Access control for
personnel and provision is basic.
Both the port and shipboard security is employed to provide security in a
manner that is nearly invisible to the passengers.
Globally the cruise ship
industry is the largest growing venture in the leisure industry.
The current focus for improved
security is assessment based. We
are asking ourselves “What are the port vulnerabilities?”,
and “What can we do to improve security in these areas?”. Ships
generally operate at near MARSEC Level 2 on a continuing basis.
Improvements in access control including improved ID credentialing have
been implemented industry wide.
They are also providing improved.
We are also improving security screening systems and technologies.
They are conducting both internal security exercises as well as
multi-agency exercises. Lessons
learned from these exercises are now part of standard operating procedures.
They are actively partnering with outside agencies and are a part of a
community based response capability.
By May of 2006 there will be
LCDR Rick Raksnis asked
whether the sharing of information could be shared with the broader community.
This type of information is Sensitive Security Information and a balance
must be struck between maintaining security and sharing lessons learned.
The FBI has been generous with community sharing particularly when it
comes to techniques to identify suicide bombers.
ITEM #3 Lt. Brian Murphy
- American Waterways Watch
In the past several USCG commands had established community based
information gathering and awareness efforts.
Best practices were gathered in how to recognize and share what
constitutes suspicious activities.
The USCG has now taken ownership of this effort and is implementing this
nationwide. The idea is to get
the word out to the community at large and form partnerships within the
recreational, industrial and public sectors and encourage them to be vigilant.
If they see something suspicious they should call 1-877-24watch. Also,
they have brochures and personnel to go out and meet with the public so if you
know of any group or entity that they can speak to please let them know.
This is similar to a “neighborhood watch” program for the maritime
Please don’t hesitate to call in.
Often what you may consider as insignificant can be pieced together with
a series of reports that could lead to recognition of larger patterns.
ITEM #4 DVD Movie
“Sharing the Bay”
Robin introduced the movie “Sharing the Bay” which was produced by
the San Francisco Bay Harbor Safety Committee in conjunction with the USCG.
The main theme of the movie is the different types of vessel traffic
operating within the
ITEM #5 Any USCG
Concerns? No concerns at this
Harbor Fest will be held on