IMPOSITION OF CONDITIONS OF ENTRY ON CERTAIN VESSELS ARRIVING TO THE UNITED STATES FROM THE REPUBLIC OF SEYCHELLES
March 29, 2019
We are advised that as from 12 April 2019, the USCG will impose the below conditions on vessels entering the United States that have visited a port in the Republic of Seychelles in its last five visits.
Conditions of Entry for Vessels Visiting Ports from the Republic of Seychelles
Each vessel must:
1. Implement measures per the vessel’s security plan equivalent to Security Level 2 while in a port in the Republic of Seychelles. 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.”
2. Ensure 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 Seychelles.
3. Guards 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.”
4. Attempt to execute a Declaration of Security while in a port in the Republic of Seychelles.
5. Log all security actions in the vessel’s security records.
6. Report actions taken to the cognizant Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) prior to arrival into U.S. waters.
7. In 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.