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Port & Ship Security

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The Congress of the United States passed legislation know as the Maritime Transportation Security Act which mandated security measures which were effective July 1,2004. This act incorporated parts of the International Ship and Port security Code (ISPS) and the Safety of Life at Sea (Code). Port facilities and vessels are mandated to conduct vulnerability assessments and develop security plans. Areas specifically addressed include passenger, baggage and vehicle screening procedures, security patrols, access control, installation of surveillance equipment, as well as risk assessments and prioritization.

While WHOI Vessels (Atlantis, Neil Armstrong) are at the dock, strict vessel and port security measures will be in place. Anyone seeking access to Bigelow, Smith, or Iselin must show a photo ID to the security guards in the Smith Lobby. Employees, guests, and visitors needing access to Smith, Bigelow, Iselin and the Iselin Dock must come through the Smith Lobby where our security guards may require you to provide photo identification, sign in, and screen your packages or other carried items such as backpacks. Vehicles needing access to Smith and the Iselin Dock will be required to come through the Smith gate (the gate between Smith and the old fire station) where our security guards may require you to provide photo identification, sign in, and screen your vehicle. Only those persons authorized to come on board the vessel will have access.

These measures are mandated by the Coast Guard and noncompliance can result in severe Fines, The closure of the Port, or Regulated vessels not being allowed to dock at a Port or prevented from leaving a Port at which it is docked. If you have any questions regarding the MARSEC levels or other security issues, please contact Hank Ayers at regarding vessel security or John Richardson at regarding port security.

» More information about the MARSEC Levels

Last updated: May 3, 2018

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