Cargo Ships Stopping in Micronesia May be Denied Entry
Effective Sept. 5 the Coast Guard will impose certain conditions of entry on all vessels that visited any port in the Federated States of Micronesia in their last five port calls. Any vessel that does not meet these conditions may be denied entry into the U.S. The Coast Guard is imposing these conditions because it has determined that ports in this country are not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures and that this country’s designated authority oversight, access control, security monitoring, security training programs, and security plans, drills, and exercises are all deficient.
Under the conditions of entry, affected vessels must do the following.
- implement measures per the ship’s security plan equivalent to security level 2 while in port in Micronesia
- ensure that each access point to the ship is guarded and that the guards have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and waterside) of the vessel while it is in port in Micronesia
- attempt to execute a declaration of security while in port in Micronesia
- log all security actions in the ship’s security records
- report actions taken to the cognizant Coast Guard captain of the port prior to arrival into U.S. waters
In addition, based on the findings of the Coast Guard boarding or examination, vessels may be required to ensure that each access point to the ship is guarded by armed private security guards who have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and waterside) of the vessel while in U.S. ports.
The current list of countries not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures and therefore subject to conditions of entry is as follows: Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Cote d’Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Federated States of Micronesia, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Nauru, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Syria, Timor-Leste, Venezuela, and Yemen.