The Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and the related regulation, 33CFR105, place very distinct requirements on all regulated facilities for conducting Annual Audits.  Understanding the regulatory requirements is critically important.  33CFR105.415b requires that an Audit be conducted every year by the calendar date of the previous year’s audit.  DO NOT miss this date!!

Additionally, the Audit must be conducted by an “expert” who is not part of your security organization.  In simple terms, it must be conducted by someone who does not work at your facility.  (It could be someone at a corporate level in your company or a third party consultant.) 

In our next blog we’ll address what constitutes an expert and what the Audit should include.