Coast Guard Proposes to Ease Seafarers’ Access at Maritime Facilities
Interested parties are invited to submit input by Feb. 27 on a Coast Guard proposal to require each owner or operator of a regulated facility to implement a system that provides seafarers and other individuals with access between vessels moored at the facility and the facility gate in a timely manner and at no cost to the seafarer or other individual. Generally, transiting through a facility is the only way that a seafarer or other individual can egress to shore beyond the facility to access basic shoreside businesses and services, as well as meet with family members and other personnel that do not hold a Transportation Worker Identification Credential.
The proposal would help to ensure that no facility owner or operator denies or makes it impractical for seafarers or other individuals to transit through the facility, and would require them to document their access procedures in their facility security plans. This proposed rule would implement Section 811 of the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010.