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Cargo Ships Stopping in Iraq May be Denied Entry

Monday, October 15, 2018
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Effective Oct. 26 the Coast Guard will impose certain conditions of entry on all vessels that visited any port in Iraq (with three exceptions) 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 Iraq are not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures (other than the three ports excepted) and that Iraq’s designated authority’s 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 Iraq

- 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 Iraq

- attempt to execute a declaration of security while in port in Iraq

- 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, the Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Micronesia, Nauru, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Syria, Timor-Leste, Venezuela, and Yemen.

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