Published On: Mon, Mar 4th, 2013

US Coast Guard holds port security workshop

US Coast GuardWILLEMSTAD – The United States (US) Coast Guard offered a three-day port security workshop and emergency management table-top exercise from February 27 to March 1 at Mahuma in Curaçao.

The 23 participants included representatives of the Curacao Maritime Authority, Curacao Ports Authority (CPA), the Isla-refinery, the Fire Department, the Curaçao Drydock Company (CDM), the Dutch Caribbean Coast Guard, Curaçao Port Services (CPS), the Police Department and Customs.

The workshop covered International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code objectives, coast guard responsibilities, security threats assessment and other port security matters, including industrial ports and cruise ship security.

Curaçao Maritime Authority Director Jan Sierhuis and American Consul General Valerie Belon handed out graduation certificates at the closing ceremony on Thursday, March 1. The latter stressed the strong ties between Curaçao's maritime industries and the US.

"It is in our common interests to minimise and mitigate risks to shipping. With so many cruise ships coming from the United States, refinery fuel shipments going to the United States and container ships going to and from the United States; improving security in Curaçao's ports increases security at our ports as well. The Caribbean is in our backyard, and so we are working with all partners in the region to reduce risks and improve security."

The training was well-received and provided an excellent opportunity to further strengthen ties between the US Coast Guard and maritime stakeholders on Curaçao.

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