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Government Update intended. The MTSA Conference

Report, though, sheds some light on the issue. It appears that Congress was, in large measure, concerned with external impacts (particularly oil spills) that might result from a security incident.

The Conference Report cites the OPA 90 tank vessel oil spill response plans (VRP) and the non-tank vessel oil spill response plans required by several states as examples. It is recommended that the

Coast Guard include the Security

Incident Response Plan requirement in its interim regulations implementing the

U.S. VSP requirements.

Training

Both the ISPS Code and the MTSA include provisions relating to training of personnel with maritime security responsibilities. It is recommended that the interim regulations (and even the final regulations planned for promulga- tion in November 2003) include no spe- cific training requirements. Rather, the

Coast Guard should seek public input on what training requirements should be established and should plan to include those requirements in a future version of the VSP regulations. The goal should be to develop a training standard consistent with the spirit of the International

Convention on Standards of Training,

Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW

Convention). Such a delay in the estab- lishment of specific training require- ments will provide training institutions time needed to develop curricula and companies time needed to send their personnel to the schools. It is important for the Coast Guard to signal its inten- tions early, in order for the regulated community to provide meaningful input and plan ahead. In similar fashion, the original OPA 90 regulations were inten- tionally vague regarding several issues that were fleshed out in the next iteration thereof, after vital experience was gained and public input was considered.

Deadlines

The amendments to SOLAS (with the exception of certain provisions related to

AIS) and the ISPS Code will come into effect on July 1, 2004. The Coast Guard

Notice states that the MTSA requires the oast Guard to issue a temporary interim rule as soon as practicable and goes on to say that the agency plans to promul- gate its temporary interim rule no later than June 2003 and its final rule by

November 2003. The MTSA, at § 102(c) (uncodified), requires the

Secretary to "establish the plans required under 70104(a)(1) of title 46,

United States Code, as enacted by this

Act, before April 1, 2003." This latter requirement relates to the Security

Incident Response Plans, which are dis- cussed above. It is recommended that the Coast Guard work diligently toward meeting the April 1 deadline, but accept the fact that not all deadlines can be met.

I seem to recall that not a single regula- tory deadline contained in the Oil

Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) was met by the Coast Guard officer assigned to that project (myself). Deadlines such as this are excellent incentives, but not always within the realm of possibility.

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