We have written and obtained approval of vessel security plans (VSP) for a number of clients.  
We conducted the vessel security assessment (VSA), too.  And we are also providing security
training and acting as exercise master for several clients.

We have been selected by the Liberian Flag administration to conduct International Ship and Port
Facility Security (ISPS) Code audits on their vessels.  We are empowered to issue or endorse the
International Ship Security Certificate (ISSC) on behalf of Liberia upon the vessel's satisfactory
completion of the audit.

US flag vessel and facility exercises must be done each calendar year, but not more than 18
months between two exercises.  See Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations, 103.515, 104.230,
105.220, or 106.225.

Your Exercises Must Meet 10 Objectives

The annual security exercise should validate the adequacy of your response to changes in
MARSEC Levels, procedures for interfacing with facilities and other vessels, communications and
seven other areas from your security plan.

How We Can Help

  • We will put together the scenario outline and draw up the scenario key activity action points for
    the participants.
  • We will work to include your local US Coast Guard and law enforcement organizations in the
    exercise.
  • We will attend the exercise to act as the exercise master.
  • As the scenario unfolds, we will use training opportunities that present themselves to further
    your managers' and crew’s understanding of your security plan and their actions under it.

Our Qualifications

Training

  • Port Security/Law Enforcement Course, US Coast Guard
  • Military Readiness Planning Course, US Coast Guard
  • Individual Terrorism Awareness Course, US Army
  • ISO 9000 Internal Auditor Course, University of South Florida
  • International Ship and Port Security Code Auditor Course, Liberia International Ship and
    Corporate Registry
  • International Safety Management Auditor Course, Liberia International Ship and Corporate
    Registry

Experience

Marine Safety Program, US Coast Guard

  • Port Safety Department, Marine Safety Office San Francisco
  • Chief, Port Safety Department, Marine Safety Office Guam
  • Contingency Planning Officer (war planning), Commandant (G-MP), Washington, DC
  • Industry Training Sabbatical, United States Lines

Marine Industry, Armstrong Marine Consulting

  • ISM/ISPS Codes Auditor and Nautical Inspector, Republic of Liberia
  • Nautical Inspector, Republic of the Marshall Islands
  • Safety Training Manual, emergency duties and ongoing training program for non-US flag
    passenger ships
  • Oil Transfer Procedures   
  • SOPEPs
  • Non-Tank Vessel Response Plans
  • Fire and abandon ship drill training for foreign flag vessels experiencing difficulty with or failing
    US Coast Guard port state control drills.
Watch for any vessel or
individual operating in a
suspicious manner
:
  • Under and around
    bridges, tunnels, or
    overpasses.
  • Near commercial
    areas like ports, fuel
    docks, cruise ships,
    marinas.
  • Near military bases
    and vessels, other
    government facilities,
    or security zones.
  • Near Industrial
    facilities.

Be aware of activity
around sensitive
locations, such as
:
  • People appearing to
    be engaged in
    surveillance.
  • Unattended vessel or
    vehicles.  
  • Vessels anchored
    where they shouldn't
    be.
  • Lights flashing
    between boats.
  • Missing fencing or
    lighting.
  • Transferring of people
    or things between
    ships or boats.

Call the US Coast Guard
National Response
Center at (800) 424-
8802 to report any
suspicious activity.
Security
News & Information
  • The Coast Guard has created
    a website addressing piracy
    and countermeasures.  Visit
    http://homeport.uscg.mil/piracy  
    for the latest information,
    developments and
    requirements for US flag
    vessels.

  • IMO has posted new guidance
    for the use of privately
    contracted armed security
    personnel on board ships in
    high risk areas.  MSC.1/Circ.
    1405 is for use by
    shipowners/operators and
    masters.  MSC.1/Circ.1406 is
    directed to flag states.

  • The Coast Guard has
    determined that certain ports in
    certain countries are not
    maintaining effective anti-
    terrorism measures and are
    imposing control measures on
    vessels that have called those
    ports within their last 5 port-
    calls.  The Coast Guard's
    latest update is here.
  • Consulting
  • Analysis
  • Surveys
  • Advice
Armstrong Marine Consulting
Vessel surveys and inspections
US Coast Guard regulations
ISM & ISPS Audits