Ports around the US will also be strongly impacted.
The regulations build on a comprehensive port security strategy directed by President George Bush after 9/11 and implement significant portions of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. Developed using risk-based methodology, the regulations focus onsectors of the maritime industry that 'have a higher risk of involvement ina transportation security incident,' including large passenger vessels and the ports that serve them. The regulations require security measures that have three scalable levels. They also call for the installation of an Automatic Identification System (AIS) on large passenger ships, among others.
The interim final rules became effective today. They will bereplaced by final rules by Oct. 25. The US Coast Guard is acceptingwritten comments on the regulations for 30 days and will hold a publicmeeting to discuss all the final rules on July 23 in Washington, DC.
Ted Thompson, executive vp of the International Council of Cruise Lines, told Seatrade Insider his organization is analyzing the 130 pages of documents published today with the goal of getting preliminary comments to member lines by July 8. After members have studied the comments, ICCL will schedule a conference call with them to formulate feedback for the Coast Guard by mid-July.