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Ship Security Alert System Notices

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Coast Guard, DHS.




The Coast Guard announces a change in the e-mail address that U.S. vessels equipped with a Ship Security Alert System (SSAS) can use to send emergency notices to the Coast Guard when their security is threatened. In these emergencies, a vessel notifies the Coast Guard of the incident directly or through a third party. The SSAS notice may be communicated through various media. If it is sent as an e-mail, it must be sent to the new address:


The new e-mail address is already functional. The current e-mail address will continue to accept Ship Security Alert System notices in the near term. All equipment must use the new e-mail address before May 2007.

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If you have questions regarding this notice, call LT Frances Fazio, U.S. Coast Guard, telephone 202-372-1235 or via e-mail

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Certain U.S. vessels must comply with the requirement of the International Convention of Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), Regulation XI-2/6, that the vessel must be fitted with an SSAS. The Coast Guard provides guidance on implementing this requirement, in Enclosure 5 of Navigation and Vessel Information Circular (NVIC) 04-03, available on the Internet at http://Start Printed Page​hq/​g-m/​nvic/​03/​NVIC_​04-03_​CH-1.pdf. SSAS notices can be provided through various media. The Coast Guard recently upgraded some of its internal communication systems, and as part of the upgrade, SSAS notices sent via e-mail will be redundantly routed so that a notice will reach the Coast Guard even if one Coast Guard computer network fails. The upgrade also required the revision of all Coast Guard e-mail addresses. Any vessel owner or operator whose SSAS relies on e-mail must make sure their equipment is updated with the new address,, and must correct the address (“pen and ink” will suffice) in the vessel's approved vessel security plan or SSAS annex. Include the new e-mail address in your next plan or SSAS annex submission to the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Center; but if this is the only change you are making to an approved plan or annex, you do not need to resubmit the plan or annex for re-approval, solely for that reason.

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Dated: November 28, 2006.

J.G. Lantz,

Director of National and International Standards, Assistant Commandant for Prevention.

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[FR Doc. E6-20357 Filed 11-30-06; 8:45 am]