Sunday, December 10, 2017

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Subject: PI Safety and Security

Homeport is a website that the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) maintains that contains marine safety and maritime security information available to the public: http://homeport.uscg.mil/lmr

There are designated waterfront facilities on Presidents Island that the USCG regulates and these facilities are required to maintain a USCG approved security plan. Most of these facility owner/operators are members of the Memphis Area Maritime Security (AMS) Committee.

There are three Maritime Security (MARSEC) Levels: 1, 2, and 3. In the event of an increase in MARSEC Level ordered by the USCG, you may notice an increased level of activity on Presidents Island. Facility and vessel owner/operators subject to the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) will be notified to enhance their security posture in accordance with their USCG approved security plans.

USCG Sector Lower Mississippi River (SLMR) has the capability to send a short message via SMS (text), mobile phone, and email.  In the event of a marine safety or maritime security incident, an Alert and Warning System (AWS) message can be sent to targeted groups.

It is recommended that at least two individuals from your organization be listed on the AWS call list.  It is important to notify the USCG to update your organization’s points of contact.

USCG SLMR has conducted AWS drills with satisfactory results. AWS drills are conducted quarterly. Drill results indicate that AWS is the fastest, most reliable method to send time sensitive emergency notifications.

Waterway users and port tenants not subject to the MTSA have been voluntarily added to AWS Lists and participated in AWS drills. For additional information, contact USCG Port Security Specialist Phil Boruszewski of SLMR at 901-521-4828, or Philip.H.Boruszewski@uscg.mil  

Please report without delay all suspicious activity to the Memphis Police Department and USCG SLMR at 901-521-4822.
  
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