Cargo Ships Stopping In Additional Yemen Ports May be Denied Entry
Effective April 8, the Coast Guard is extending to two additional ports in Yemen the imposition of certain conditions of entry on all vessels that visited those ports in their last five port calls.
The Coast Guard had previously excepted the Ash Shihr Terminal and the port of Hodeidah from these conditions, which were imposed in 2012 following a determination that Yemeni ports did not maintain effective anti-terrorism measures, that Yemen presented significant risk of introducing instruments of terror into international maritime commerce, and that Yemen possessed significant deficiencies in its legal regime, designated authority oversight, access control and cargo control. These exceptions are now being lifted because the Coast Guard has determined that these two ports are not maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures. However, vessels arriving from the Balhalf LNG Terminal will continue to be excepted.
Under the conditions of entry, affected vessels must:
- implement measures per the ship’s security plan equivalent to security level 2 while in port in Yemen;
- 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 Yemen;
- attempt to execute a declaration of security while in port in Yemen;
- log all security actions in the ship’s security records; and
- 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, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Liberia, Madagascar, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Syria, Timor-Leste, Venezuela and Yemen.