For all Cruise terminal owners and operators, this blog highlights the regulations on what is required for the Cruise Terminal Screening Program (TSP) and what important dates you need to know.  The Coast Guard issued a final rule eliminating outdated regulations that imposed unnecessary screening requirements on cruise ships and cruise ship terminals.  This final rule replaces these outdated regulations with simpler, consolidated regulations that provide efficient and clear requirements for the screening of baggage, personal items, and person on a cruise ship.  This final rule enhances the security of cruise ship terminals and allows terminal operators to use effective screening mechanisms with minimal impact to business operations.

No later than October 15, 2018, cruise ship terminal owners or operators must submit, for each terminal, a TSP that conforms with the new requirements in 33 CFR 105.505-550, as noted below, as an amendment to their existing Facility Security Plan to the cognizant COTP for review and approval.

No later than April 18, 2019, each cruise ship terminal owner or operator must operate in compliance with an approved TSP and Subpart E – Facility Security: Cruise Ship Terminals.

33 CFR 105.505 through 105.550 highlights the different sections of what is required for the Terminal Screening Program.  The following sections provide details on:

  • 105.510 - Screening responsibilities of the owner or operator
  • 105.515 - Prohibited Items List (PIL) requirements
  • 105.525 - Terminal screening operations
  • 105.530 - Qualifications of screeners
  • 105.535 - Training requirements of screeners
  • 105.540 - Screener participation in drills and exercises
  • 105.545 - Screening equipment
  • 105.550 - Alternative screening

For platinum members to review the regulations, click on the following link:  Cruise Terminal Screening Program

Then click on “FSO Training” tab then “Course Materials” tab and then on the right click on “FSO Course Materials” and you will find it near the bottom.