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Imposition of Conditions of Entry on Vessels Arriving to the United States From Certain Ports in the Republic of Iraq

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AGENCY:

Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Coast Guard announces that it will impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving from certain ports in the Republic of Iraq. Conditions of entry are intended to protect the United States from vessels arriving from countries that have been found to have deficient anti-terrorism port measures in place.

DATES:

The policy announced in this notice will become effective October 26, 2018.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

For information about this document call or email Juliet Hudson, International Port Security Evaluation Division, United States Coast Guard, telephone 202-372-1173, Juliet.J.Hudson@uscg.mil.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Discussion

The authority for this notice is 5 U.S.C. 552(a), 46 U.S.C. 70110, and Department of Homeland Security Delegation No. 0170.1(II)(97.f). As delegated, section 70110(a) authorizes the Coast Guard to impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving in U.S. waters from ports that the Coast Guard has found to have deficient anti-terrorism measures.

On August 21, 2017, the Coast Guard found that the Republic of Iraq failed to maintain effective anti-terrorism measures in its ports and that its designated authority's oversight, access control, security monitoring, security training programs, and security plans drills and exercises are all deficient.

On October 14, 2017, as required by 46 U.S.C. 70109, the Republic of Iraq was notified of this determination, provided recommendations for improving antiterrorism measures, and given 90 days to respond. In January 2018, the Coast Guard re-visited the Republic of Iraq to review Iraq's progress on correcting the security deficiencies. The Coast Guard determined that Iraq failed to maintain effective anti-terrorism measures with the exeptions of three port facilities: The Al-Basrah Oil Terminal, the Khor Al Amaya Oil Terminal and Al Maqal Terminal 14 (also known as the North America Western Asia Holdings Facility).

Accordingly, beginning October 26, 2018, the conditions of entry shown in Table 1 will apply to any vessel that visited a port in the Republic of Iraq in its last five port calls, with the exception of the ports the Al-Basrah Oil Terminal, the Khor Al Amaya Oil Terminal, and Al Maqal Terminal 14.

Table 1—Conditions of Entry for Vessels Visiting Ports in the Republic of Iraq

No.Each vessel must:
1Implement measures per the vessel's security plan equivalent to Security Level 2 while in a port in the Republic of Iraq. As defined in the ISPS Code and incorporated herein, “Security Level 2” refers to the “level for which appropriate additional protective security measures shall be maintained for a period of time as a result of heightened risk of a security incident.”
2Ensure that each access point to the vessel is guarded and that the guards have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and waterside) of the vessel while the vessel is in ports in the Republic of Iraq.
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3Guards may be provided by the vessel's crew; however, additional crewmembers should be placed on the vessel if necessary to ensure that limits on maximum hours of work are not exceeded and/or minimum hours of rest are met, or provided by outside security forces approved by the vessel's master and Company Security Officer. As defined in the ISPS Code and incorporated herein, “Company Security Officer” refers to the “person designated by the Company for ensuring that a ship security assessment is carried out; that a ship security plan is developed, submitted for approval, and thereafter implemented and maintained and for liaison with port facility security officers and the ship security officer.”
4Attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in a port in the Republic of Iraq.
5Log all security actions in the vessel's security records.
6Report actions taken to the cognizant Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) prior to arrival into U.S. waters.
7In addition, based on the findings of the Coast Guard boarding or examination, the vessel may be required to ensure that each access point to the vessel is guarded by armed, private security guards and that they have total visibility of the exterior (both landside and waterside) of the vessel while in U.S. ports. The number and position of the guards has to be acceptable to the cognizant COTP prior to the vessel's arrival.

The following countries do not maintain effective anti-terrorism measures in their ports and are therefore subject to conditions of entry: The Republic of Iraq, Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Iran, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Micronesia, Nauru, Nigeria, Sao Tome and Principe, Syria, Timor-Leste, Venezuela, and Yemen. The current Port Security Advisory is available at: https://www.dco.uscg.mil/​Our-Organization/​Assistant-Commandant-for-Prevention-Policy-CG-5P/​International-Domestic-Port-Assessment/​.

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Dated: September 27, 2018.

Daniel B. Abel,

Deputy Commandant for Operations.

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[FR Doc. 2018-22291 Filed 10-11-18; 8:45 am]

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