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The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) is the United States’ implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS). These regulations require that vessels and ports be subjected to vulnerability assessments and that security plans be developed to screen passengers, cargo, vehicles and baggage; establish restricted areas; use personnel identification systems; control access; operate security patrols; and install surveillance equipment.


MTSA regulations permit a risk-based approach and focus on industries with equipment that are more likely to be in a maritime incident, such as tank vessels, barges, large passenger ships, towing vessels, cargo vessels, offshore oil and gas platforms, and port facilities that handle dangerous cargo or that service the afore listed vessels.


Inquesta staff includes former Homeland Security executives and Coast Guard personnel and are experienced authoring rigorous assessments and plans for major seaports, cruise ship terminals and cargo facilities of every category, including container, petrochemical, bulk and break bulk facilities. Rely on us to provide you with a broad range of maritime security services:


   > Port Facility/Ship Security Plans and Vulnerability Assessments executed and designed in  

      accordance with the International Maritime Organization’s ISPS and the U.S. MTSA.


   > Combined Security Officer Certification Course is a 28 hours program certifies your personnel

      as Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO), Ship Security Officer (SSO) and Company Security

      Officer (CSO) certifications and covers all elements specified in the ISPS Code B/13.1, 13.2 and

      18.1, and MTSA 33 CFR 104.210, 104.215 and 105.205.


   > Facility and Shipboard Personnel Security Awareness training programs are modeled after

      the suggested IMO course outline to provide general knowledge about port and ship security to

      non-security personnel, as required by both the ISPS and MTSA.


   > Third-party Facility and Ship Security Plan Audits examine third-party vulnerability

      assessments and security plans to assure compliance and remedy shortcomings or flaws we find.


   > Drills and Exercises that organize and conduct required periodic drills and annual exercises as

      required by MTSA 33 CFR 104.230 and 105.220.


   > Facility Recordkeeping to help you comply with facility recordkeeping requirements (33 CFR

      105.225) by developing internal tracking documents that meets your needs.

   > Policies and Procedures we produce or help produce are the key to a successful plan that

      meets USCG requirements.


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