Seebald & Associates Facility Security Symposium

June 6th – June 8th at the New Orleans Marriott

One of the many premiere presentations:

Active Shooter –  Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Natalie Phelan, New Orleans FBI Office – As the active shooter situations becomes increasingly more common, Special Agent Phelan will discuss what signs to look for to prevent potential situations, how to protect yourself and respond. She will also answer questions.

Panel Discussion - Cyber-Security Threats in the Maritime Environment - Panel - Coast Guard Cyber Command Representative; Cliff Neve, Managing Partner for MAD Security and FBI New Orleans Special Agent.
Recent reports indicate the potential for tragic consequences if our port facility technology systems are “hacked”. The reports also indicate that many US ports are currently at high risk. A panel of government and industry experts will address this important topic.

The FBI’s Role in Managing Security in the Maritime Environment - Supervisory Special Agent Clinton J. Morano – serves as the Unit Chief for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Joint Terrorism Task Force - 2 – In this session Supervisory Special Agent Morano will provide insight into the FBI’s role in counterterrorism and its maritime security association. His supervisory responsibility for 900+ FBI agents and Task Force Officers assigned to FBI offices throughout the country will provide great insight into current threats and risks.

Seebald & Associates Facility Security Symposium

June 6th – June 8th at the New Orleans Marriott

One of the many premiere presentations:

Natural Disaster Response and Security – Rear Admiral Thomas Atkin, Coast Guard (ret.) and Commander John Lovejoy, Marine Safety Office Port Arthur Executive Officer – During this session, they will discuss Hurricane Katrina’s and Harvey’s impacts, the Coast Guard’s response and how security was managed.

Captain of the Port Panel – Facility Security from COTPs view: CAPT Kevin Oditt, Sector Commander Houston-Galveston and CAPT Kristi Luttrell, Deputy Sector Commander New Orleans.
This panel discussion will present the local Captain of the Port’s perspective on Facility Security inspections, issues, and policy challenges affecting MTSA regulated facilities in their area of responsibility.

Coast Guard Policy Changes and Regulatory Requirements: Transportation Worker Identification Credential enforcement and Facility Security Plan Cyber Security requirements – Lieutenant Commander, Yamaris Barril,  Office of Port and Facility Compliance, USCG – In this session, LCDR Barril will share the latest policy and regulatory changes regarding Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) final rule enforcement and the Cyber Security NVIC that will affect Facility Security Officers and regulated facilities in the near future. LCDR Barril will also discuss facility inspection violations from all MTSA regulated facilities over the past two years and respond to questions related to current policy and regulatory issues.

Seebald & Associates Facility Security Symposium

June 6th – June 8th at the New Orleans Marriott


  1. New Orleans – Cuisine, Music, French Quarter, and much more…
  2. Networking with other Facility Security Officers
  3. Coast Guard Policy makers in attendance – 33 CFR 105, TWIC, Cyber, and more
  4. Demonstration using K9s for screening techniques
  5. Cyber Security Panel with Government, Private Industry & Maritime Industry members
  6. Best Practices and Lessons Learned – The Good, The Bad & The Ugly
  7. Natural Disaster and Security Panel with Coast Guard
  8. Active Shooter – Prevent, Respond & Recovery
  9. Captain of the Port Panel
  10. Free Food and Drinks at Seebald Award Reception

For more detailed information, please visit our website link:  Facility Security Symposium

This month’s Blog series has covered FSO Duties.  We’ve provided a good overview of 33 CFR 105 requirements, but that’s not all you must know and do.  We trust you remember 49 CFR 1520, which is where it gets personal for the FSO as you can be held personally liable for any infractions.  Now that we have your attention – Sensitive Security Information.  Marking your security documents appropriately, ensuring only those with a need to know can access them, and securing them in an appropriately locked up when not in use is the FSO’s duty.

Additionally, if we have performed an FSP Audit for you, you should have noticed the criminal provisions associated with the laws and regulations governing maritime security.

 18 USC 47

1001. Statements or entries generally

(a) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever, in any matter within the jurdisdiction of the executive, legislative, or judicial branch of the Government of the United States, knowingly and willfully

(1) falsifies, conceals, or covers up by an trick, scheme, or device a material fact;

(2) makes any materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statement or representation; or

(3) makes or uses any false writing or document knowing the same to contain any materially false, fictitious, or fradulent statement or entry;

shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 5 years or, if the offense involves international or domestic terrorism (as defined in section 2331), imprisoned not more than 8 years, or both.

This should reinforce to you and your company’s senior leadership that the FSO duties are significant and important to not only the company but to the United States of America.

Question – throughout this Blog series, did getting out of your office to conduct a FSO Review come to mind?  It’s your job to conduct these…frequently, and remember to document them.

If you are literally or figuratively scratching your head right now or better yet trying to remember where your FSO Course notebook is to do some research, that is a clear sign that you need to sign up for either the full S&A FSO Course or S&A FSO Refresher Course today!

If you step back and take the big picture look at your duties, the Seebald Security Pyramid sums it up nicely:

Seebald Security Pyramid.png

Stay Secure – Americans Everywhere Are Counting On You!

Picking up where we left off last week – the list of required duties of an FSO keep on going:

(11) Ensure the execution of any required Declarations of Security with Masters, Vessel Security Officers or their designated representatives;

(12) Ensure the coordination of security services in accordance with the approved FSP;

(13) Ensure that security equipment is properly operated, tested, calibrated, and maintained;

(14) Ensure the recording and reporting of attainment changes in MARSEC Levels to the owner or operator and the cognizant COTP;

(15) When requested, ensure that the Vessel Security Officers receive assistance in confirming the identity of visitors and service providers seeking to board the vessel through the facility;

(16) Ensure notification, as soon as possible, to law enforcement personnel and other emergency responders to permit a timely response to any transportation security incident;

(17) Ensure that the FSP is submitted to the cognizant COTP for approval, as well as any plans to change the facility or facility infrastructure prior to amending the FSP; and

(18) Ensure that all facility personnel are briefed of changes in security conditions at the facility.

(19) Ensure the TWIC program is being properly implemented.

Many of the FSOs we work have other responsibilities at their facility as well.  Remember, the FSO has to know all this and ensure the duties are being performed in a competent fashion.  But that doesn’t mean the FSO can’t leverage their Alternate FSOs and security supervisors to assist with the performance requirements.  We highly encourage FSOs to use others in the Facility Security Organization, it helps keep these key personnel engaged and proficient too.