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January 18, 2023

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Watch for the Webinar — PSGP Insider Tips
Coming up in January, the NMLEA will host a webinar that will feature some key speakers who will provide some "Insider tips" on the upcoming 2023 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), and how Maritime Security can be elevated through the through a program developed by a list of key industry stakeholders — the Maritime Security Accreditation and Digitization Program (while being funded through the PSGP.) Speakers will include Rob LeClair, Vice President of Moran's Office of Maritime and Port Security (serving America's ports for over 75 years) and Mark Dubina, Director of Security Operations from Port Tampa (the first port in the country to become Accredited in the MARSEC ADaPt Program), to name a few. So mark your calendar! And watch for more details through these weekly publications and the NMLEA website. Learn More

See you at the 10th Annual Maritime Security East Conference
Join us and your colleagues and counterparts from Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Ports, State/Local Police, U.S./Foreign Governments and Private Industry at the most comprehensive program dedicated to maritime security, the Maritime Security East Conference, January 30th to February 1, 2023 in West Palm Beach Florida. "We've been involved in the program since its inception a decade ago", said NMLEA Executive Director Mark DuPont. He continued with, "We support this program because is designed to not only provide participants with critical knowledge relative to maritime and port security, but to also provide a platform for them to share their knowledge, ideas and challenges with their peers and leaders in maritime security and law enforcement."

The agenda will consist of a series of speakers and panel sessions which will run alongside 5 impactful work groups. These work group sessions will allow all participants to discuss the topics that matter most to them and to provide ideas and feedback either attributed or anonymously to leadership and their peers. The findings from these work groups will be shared with the entire audience in the second half of the last conference day. NMLEA Executive Director will lead some of those sessions and discussion, including one with port operators and authorities titled "Maritime Security Accreditation and Digitization – What place does it have?" To find out more, go to

Listen in …
The NMLEA's Executive Director, Mark DuPont, joins a distinguished panel in discussing Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management in this LSU NCBRT/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education podcast. You can listen in by clicking here.


Encrypting vessel ID data can thwart maritime piracy
The Maritime Executive
The regulations the International Maritime Organization issued in the wake of 9/11 regarding ship location and identification reporting have made it easier to track vessels — but not only for the good guys. Since the monitoring and reporting information is broadcast on open channels, anyone can listen in, including pirates and cyber attackers. Read More

US Coast Guard Cutter Frederick Hatch completes expeditionary patrol in Oceania
Homeland Security Today
The crew of the USCGC Frederick Hatch (WPC 1143) completed a 41-day 7100-nautical mile expeditionary patrol throughout Oceania on Dec. 23, returning home in time for Christmas. Read More

Coast Guard, Navy competition for ship availabilities to increase: USCG official
SeaPower Magazine
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US Coast Guard in Florida intercepts hundreds fleeing Cuba and Haiti by sea
CBS News
The Coast Guard returned another 177 Cuban migrants who were caught at sea off Florida to the island on Thursday, while a group of about two dozen Haitians swam ashore in Miami. The Cuban migrants were all intercepted separately off the coast earlier this month, according to a Coast Guard news release. Read More

IMSC task force completes maritime exercise with unmanned systems, AI
Homeland Security Today
During the exercise, unmanned and artificial intelligence systems operated in conjunction with Delbert D. Black and CTF Sentinel's command center ashore in Bahrain. Read More

US Coast Guard rescues 7 crew from drifting tug
Riviera Maritime Media
The US Coast Guard (USCG) rescued seven seafarers from a disabled and adrift tug, 48 km offshore Ocean City, Maryland. Read More

US Maritime Administrator to study port crane cybersecurity concerns
The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed by Congress and signed by President Biden in late December 2022 was filled with a host of military-related cybersecurity provisions. One little-noticed provision in the bill called for a study of cybersecurity and national security threats posed by foreign-manufactured cranes at United States ports. Read More

US Coast Guard gets authority to enforce Micronesian fisheries laws
The Maritime Executive
The U.S. Coast Guard has formalized a cooperative agreement with the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) to conduct fisheries enforcement on its behalf, without the presence of a local official. It is the first such agreement between the Coast Guard and a sovereign Pacific island nation.  Read More

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