As indicated in a previous
announcement and in the January - April Captain's Call
newsletter, I again attended the CMSC meeting in Sacramento, Friday, April 25th.
It was the 5th such meetings and my 3rd.
CMSC members and attendees were
briefed of the progress of six of the seven subcommittees since the
December 14th gathering. Progress was reported on all fronts
and cooperation to strengthen collaboration between federal, state,
and local maritime security partners continues to improve.
Possibly the big news was the
approval of the California State Maritime Security Strategy - a 10 page
document. Mathew Bettenhausen, Director of the California Office of Homeland
Security and Rear Admiral Craig Bone, Commander, USCG District 11 were very
pleased. Actually since there was no dissent everyone was pleased! Nationwide,
California it appears is a leader in organized maritime security. The document
has not been posted but I anticipate it will be shortly.
There are four regional maritime
security committees or centers. Information and action tends to flow and occur
at this level. A little distress was expressed in that the major ports are being
vulnerability assessed for capabilities and readiness by several entities: U. S.
Office of Homeland Security, this group, the Army and California National Guard,
the Coast Guard, and locals involved like police and sheriffs.
For a disaster situation,
a drill exercise, Golden Guardian, the response to a serious earthquake
(simulated hopefully) is scheduled later this year. A simulated
port security major event is planned for 2009. These drills started
in 2004. Training and Exercises fall under the direction of Navy Leaguer B.Gen.
Jack Hagan, CMR.
The Transportation Worker
Identification Credential (TWIC) program seems to continue to
have problems. 27,000 have applied for a card but don't count on this
being done on schedule by September 2008 or background checks being
thorough. In San Pedro for example the registration office is an
in-town storefront with no parking for truckers and a taxi ride to and from
ships for mariners.
Before the meeting closed
I spoke up and invited all to our 9 June Midyear Symposium Luncheon at
Quinn's Restaurant on the Oakland Estuary. Printed invitations were distributed
to several individuals. I will post a copy and include it in the April - June
Captain's Call newsletter.
It was good to meet Mr. Bettenhousen
and chat for a few moments as well as visit with R.Adm. Bone again. Interest was
expressed having me serve on a subcommittee.
I also met Ed Hughlett, manager with
the Marine Terminals Corporation in Oakland. He said he would be delighted to
give me a personally guided tour of the Port of Oakland! Anyone else
Below is some information pertaining
to CMSC. The approved strategy report will likely be posted in the near future.
The next meeting will be 1000,
Friday, July 18th, in the auditorium at the California Employment Development
Department, 722 Capitol Mall.
Port security is a priority concern
nationwide. Funding for strengthen it is provided by the Safe Ports Act, the
Maritime Transportation Security Act, and at least five plans and
California Maritime Security Council