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    Subject Term: "Deep water ports"

    1 publication with a total of 1 open recommendation
    Director: Caldwell, Stephen L
    Phone: (202)512-3000

    1 open recommendations
    Recommendation: To strengthen the Coast Guard's efforts to ensure the security of OCS facilities and deepwater ports, the Commandant of the Coast Guard should make improvements to the Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE) database or MISLE guidance to better ensure that all OCS facilities, both fixed and floating, are accurately and consistently identified and that the results of security inspections are consistently recorded to allow for better data analyses and management of the security inspections process.

    Agency: Department of Homeland Security: United States Coast Guard
    Status: Open

    Comments: In June 2015, the Coast Guard updated its Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE) Facilities User Guide to reflect an added feature to MISLE that allows users to identify if a vessel or facility is an OCS facility regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA), 33 CFR 106. To ensure that this added feature is used in a consistent manner to accurately classify facilities that are regulated under 33 CFR 106, the Coast Guard is in the process of updating Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NVIC) 05-03, which provides implementation guidance for MTSA regulations with respect to OCS facilities. As of October 2017, the Coast Guard liaison informed us that the Coast Guard expects to issue the updated circular and complete related activities by the end of 2017. Additionally, in September 2016, the Coast Guard issued an updated MISLE Facility and Platform Inspection Guide that indicates how security inspections can be recorded separately from other types of inspections. These actions should help ensure that the results of security inspections are consistently recorded to allow for better data analyses and allow the Coast Guard to be in a better position to oversee the security inspection process across OCS facilities.