Guidelines for Port Security Committees, and Port Security Plans Required for U.S. Ports [open pdf - 1MB]
The purpose of this Circular is to provide guidance to field commanders on how to develop Port Security Committees (PSC's) and Port Security Plan (PSP's). The specific goal of this guidance is the formal creation of PSC's and PSP's for U.S. ports. A secondary purpose is to provide Commanding Officers of Coast Guard Activities, Marine Safety Offices and Captains of the Port (COTP) with a document that addresses port security issues to be shared with the port and maritime community. The U.S. Coast Guard is the lead federal agency for the Maritime Homeland Security mission. In this capacity, the Captains of the Port, as the Coast Guard's lead entity in the port is responsible, through the Port Security Committee for developing a Port Security Plan. The PSP defines the government's (local, state and federal) obligation and the other port stakeholder's contributions to the Maritime Homeland Security mission. The PSP is designed to capture the information necessary to coordinate and communicate security procedures at each Maritime Security (MARSEC) level. The plan's goal is to enhance awareness for the detection of terrorist threats, to deter attacks, and reduce vulnerabilities through coordinated security procedures and communication. The PSP will complement facility and vessel security plans. Because the PSP's purpose is prevention, it must also integrate with (and may cause revisions to) existing plans for response (e.g. Area Contingency Plans (ACP), 9700/9800 series Operational Plans (OPLANs)) and consequence management (e.g. Federal Response Plan (FRP) when incident response and consequence management are necessary.
COMDTPUB P16700.4; NVIC 9-02
Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular, no. 9-02