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Government Update arrival differs from that required by the
Coast Guard, so the information must be submitted at two different times and in two different formats. Immigration has embarked upon a cooperative program with the Coast Guard. Immigration reviews the information submitted to the
Coast Guard for persons who might pres- ent a security risk to the United States.
Primarily, it is looking for suspected ter- rorists and persons of that ilk.
Unfortunately, Immigration is also con- cerned about persons of certain national- ities and persons without U.S. visas. The nationalities currently on the
Immigration 'watch list' are: Iran, Iraq,
Libya, Syria, and the Sudan. In addition.
Immigration is concerned about males between the ages of 16 and 45 from
Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. If the ship has a crewmember either with- out a current U.S. visa or falling into the nationality watch list, the Coast Guard will order the ship to remain offshore until an acceptable crew security plan has been submitted to Immigration. For the most part, for a crew security plan to be acceptable, the master must arrange for hiring a commercial guard service to keep these crewmembers on board dur- ing the time the ship is in U.S. waters.
APHIS Advance Notice Requirement
The Animal and Plant Health
Inspection Service (APHIS) requires the carrier to submit an advance notification of arrival for any ship entering the United
States from a foreign country or arriving in the continental U.S. from Hawaii or an insular possession. The notice must reach the APHIS office for the arrival port at least 12 hours prior to the ship's estimated time of arrival. The notice must include, among other things, the exact dock or pier where the ship will be berthed and the names of all foreign and non-continental U.S. ports where any cargo, crew, or passengers destined for the U.S. boarded since the ship's most recent arrival in the U.S.
FDA Advance Notice Requirement
In January, the U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) issued a notice stating that it was drafting a regulation that would require prior notice be sub- mitted regarding commercial food ship- ments to the United States. The purpose of the prior notice would be to allow the
FDA to review the planned shipment for potential bioterrorism. One of the parties under consideration for the obligation to submit this prior notice to the FDA was the carrier. When the official proposal was published in February, the FDA elected to impose this new reporting requirement on the importer, except where the shipment is in bond. In that event, the reporting requirement is on the carrier. The rule has not yet been final- ized and remains subject to change.
Since the horrific events of September 11. 2001. much has been done to improve maritime security in the United
States and worldwide. Enhancement of reporting requirements for ships, car- goes. and persons coming to the United
States is a significant aspect of that enhanced security. It is only to be hoped that the agencies receiving all this addi- tional data have the ability to utilize it for the intended purpose and do not see this as just another opportunity to take enforcement action against an already pervasively regulated industry.
Dennis L. Bryant, Senior Maritime
Counsel at the law firm of Holland & Knight, Washington, D.C., is a contributing editor of MR/EN.
SUNY Maritime Hosts
Annual Awards Night
Maritime College, aH| hosted its annual 4 IBpffJi
Awards Night on ^ feJBt>."
March 27, 2003 at '
York Athletic Club.
Captain Robert E. y 'ffr
Johnston, Class of 1969, has been selected as the Distinguished Alumnus of the
Year, which is given to an alumnus who has achieved outstanding success in his/her career as well as service to their industry, country and alma mater. Capt. Johnston is the Executive Vice President of OSG Ship
Management, Inc. He joined OSG in June of 1969 as a Third Mate, and in 1974, he assumed command of a 38,000-ton tanker.
His seagoing experience was gained on crude oil and product tankers in all capacities from Third Mate to Master. In 1976 he came ashore as a Port Captain for Maritime
Overseas Corporation, the agent for
Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG). In 1983 he was named Vice President, U.S.
Operations, and 10 years later, in November 1993, he was named Senior Vice President.
In October 1995 he was appointed Chief
Commercial Officer for the entire OSG Fleet, and in 1997 was promoted to Executive Vice
President. In 1999 he formed with BP and
Keystone Shipping Company the Alaska
Tanker Company, the premier Tanker
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