US IMPOSES CONDITIONS ON VESSELS FROM GAMBIA

“The Coast Guard announces that it will impose conditions of entry on
vessels arriving from the Gambia. Conditions of entry are intended toprotect the United States from vessels arriving from countries that
have been found to have deficient port anti-terrorism measures in
place.”
This notice was issued yesterday, 22 June 2015, in the Federal
Register, the Daily Journal of the United States Government.
US law authorizes the Coast Guard to impose conditions of entry on
vessels arriving in U.S. waters from ports that the Coast Guard has
not found to maintain effective anti-terrorism measures.
According to the supplementary information issued on this matter,
“On September 25, 2013 the Coast Guard did not find that ports in the
Republic of the Gambia maintained effective anti-terrorism measures
and that the Republic of the Gambia’s legal regime, designated
authority oversight, access control and cargo control are all
deficient.
“On July 16, 2014, the Republic of the Gambia was notified of this
determination and given recommendations for improving antiterrorism
measures and 90 days to respond. To date, we cannot confirm that the
Republic of the Gambia has corrected the identified deficiencies.”
Based on this, the Coast Guard maintains that, beginning July 6, 2015,
the following conditions of entry will apply to any vessel that
visited a port in The Gambia in its last five port calls:
1. Implement measures per the vessel’s security plan equivalent to
Security Level 2 while in a port in the Republic of the Gambia. As
defined in the ISPS Code and incorporated herein, “Security Level 2”
refers to the “level for which appropriate additional protective
security measures shall be maintained for a period of time as a result
of heightened risk of a security incident.”
2. Ensure that each access point to the vessel is guarded and that the
guards have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and
waterside) of the vessel while the vessel is in ports in the Republic
of the Gambia.
3. Guards may be provided by the vessel’s crew; however, additional
crewmembers should be placed on the vessel if necessary to ensure that
limits on maximum hours of work are not exceeded and/or minimum hours
of rest are met, or provided by outside security forces approved by
the vessel’s master and Company Security Officer. As defined in the
ISPS Code and incorporated herein, “Company Security Officer” refers
to the “person designated by the Company for ensuring that a ship
security assessment is carried out; that a ship security plan is
developed, submitted for approval, and thereafter implemented and
maintained and for liaison with port facility security officers and
the ship security officer.”
4. Attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in a port in the
Republic of the Gambia.
5. Log all security actions in the vessel’s security records.
6. Report actions taken to the cognizant Coast Guard Captain of the
Port (COTP) prior to arrival into U.S. waters.
7. In addition, based on the findings of the Coast Guard boarding or
examination, the vessel may be required to ensure that each access
point to the vessel is guarded by armed, private security guards and
that they have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and
waterside) of the vessel while in U.S. ports. The number and position
of the guards has to be acceptable to the cognizant COTP prior to the
vessel’s arrival.