Dennis Bryant reports that the US Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston has issued a bulletin reminding owners and operators of waterfront facilities of the obligation to provide reasonable access to ships berthed at the facilities for such functions as shore leave, crew change, vessel visitors, and delivery of stores. Facility security plans without such ship access provisions will not be approved or renewed. Port Security Information Bulletin 04-09 (8/17/09).
Says Dennis: “I understand that this is an important issue for ships and a sensitive issue for waterfront facilities. I also understand that the majority of waterfront facilities currently provide reasonable access to ships. There remain, though, a minority of facilities that need this kind of encouragement to do the right thing.”