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USCG demands tighter security from ships arriving from Libya

London: Ships arriving in the US that have docked in Libya within their last five port calls will be subject to tighter conditions of entry from April 24, the US Coast Guard (USCG) has said.

“US Coast Guard does not find ports in Libya maintaining effective anti-terrorism measures and finds that Libya’s legal regime, designated authority oversight, access control and cargo control are all deficient,” the USCG said in a statement on Friday.

The more stringent conditions of entry mandate that vessels should implement Security Level 2 of the vessel’s security plan while in port in Libya. This involves additional security measures such as ensuring that the vessel and its access points are guarded from both the land side and the water side while in the country.

“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 US ports,” the USCG added.


Holly Birkett

Holly is Splash's Online Editor and correspondent for the UK and Mediterranean. She has been a maritime journalist since 2010, and has written for and edited several trade publications. She is currently studying for membership of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. In 2013, Holly won the Seahorse Club's Social Media Journalist of the Year award. She is currently based in London.
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