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In 2009, Meridian Global Consulting, LLC was formed to provide a cost‐effective solution to combating piracy. We were the first US‐based, ISO 28007‐certified maritime security firm. Since then we have also achieved IS 9001 certification and today we provide comprehensive services that promote safety, security and environmental protection.

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Meridian personnel have extensive experience in security, law enforcement, critical energy infrastructure, incident and crisis management, and regulatory compliance in the government and private sectors. Our team members have served in senior security and regulatory roles with government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

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We proudly serve multiple Fortune 500 companies. Every day, we assist vessel and facility operators with emergency preparedness, regulatory compliance, and safety management system improvement.

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Audit

A. Compliance Documentation 33 CFR 105.120 (Spot Check Item)

.120(a) Approved Facility Security Plan (FSP), any approved revisions or amendments thereto, and Letter of Approval (LOA) from the COTP dated within the last 5 years;

.120(b) FSP submitted for approval and an acknowledgement letter from COTP; OR

120(c) An approved Alternative Security Program (ASP) as provided in 105.140: must have a copy of the ASP the facility is using, as specified in 101.120(b)(3) of this subchapter, and a letter signed by the facility owner or operator certifying the facility is in full compliance with that program

Note: Also Review the Facility Specific Security Assessment (FSA) report and CG-6025 for any changes or updates.

B. Non-Compliance 33 CFR 105.125 (Spot Check Item)

.125 - Conditions existing (if any):

- Conditions met?

- COTP notified of non-compliance?

C. Waivers & Equivalents 33 CFR 105.130 & 105.135 (Spot Check Item)

.130 Approval letter for Waiver(s) from Commandant (CG-5442)

.135 Approval letter for Equivalent(s) from Commandant (CG-5442), as provided in 101.130 of this subchapter.

D. Maritime Security (MARSEC) Directives 33 CFR 105.145

.145 Verify the facility owner or operator has complied with and incorporated the instructions contained in a MARSEC Directive issued under 101.405 of this subchapter into the FSP.

E. Facility Security Officer (FSO) 33 CFR 105.205 (Spot Check Item)

Name of FSO:

Primary phone number:

Secondary phone number:

.205(a) General:

(1) If the Facility Security Officer (FSO) performs other duties within the organization, Verify he or she is able to perform the duties and responsibilities required of the FSO.

(2) If the FSO serves more than one facility, Verify the facilities are in the same COTP zone, are not more than 50 miles apart, and the name of each facility is listed in the FSP.

(3) Verify if the FSO has assigned security duties to other facility personnel

(4) Verify the FSO has maintained a TWIC

.205(b) Qualifications:

(1) Verify the FSO must have general knowledge through training or equivalent job experience, in the following:

(i) Facility security organization;

(ii) General vessel and facility operations and conditions;

(iii) Vessel and facility security measures, including the meaning and the requirements of the different MARSEC Levels;

(iv) Emergency preparedness, response, and contingency planning;

(v) Security equipment and systems and their operational limitations; and

(vi) Methods of conducting audit, inspections, control, and monitoring techniques.

(2) Verify the FSO must have knowledge of and receive training in the following, as appropriate:

(i) Relevant international laws and codes, and recommendations;

(ii) Relevant government legislation and regulations;

(iii) Responsibilities and functions of local, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies;

(iv) Security assessment methodology;

(v) Methods of facility security surveys and inspections;

(vi) Instruction techniques for security training and educations, including security measures and procedures;

(vii) Handling sensitive security (SSI) information and security related communications;

(viii) Current security threats and patterns;

(ix) Recognizing and detecting dangerous substances and devices;

(x) Recognizing characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security;

(xi) Techniques used to circumvent security measures;

(xii) Conducting physical searches and non-intrusive inspections;

(xiii) Conducting security drills and exercises, including exercises with vessels;

(xiv) Assessing security drills and exercises; and

(xv) Knowledge of TWIC requirements.

F. Facility Personnel With Security Duties 33 CFR 105.210 (Spot Check Item)

.210 Verify that personnel with security duties are familiar with the FSP and relevant portions of the regulations. These personnel must have general knowledge through training or equivalent job experience in the following:

.210(a) Current security threats and patterns

,210(b) Recognition and detection of dangerous substances and devices

.210(c) Recognition of characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security

.210(d) Techniques used to circumvent security systems

.210(e) Crowd management and control techniques

.210(f) Security-related communications (including the handling of SSI)

.210(g) Knowledge of emergency procedures and contingency plans

.210(h) Operation of security equipment and systems

.210(i) Testing, calibration, operation, and maintenance of security equipment and systems

.210(j) Inspection, control, and monitoring techniques

.210(k) Relevant provisions of the FSP

.210(l) Methods of physical screening of persons, personal effects, baggage, cargo, and vessel stores

.210(m) The meaning and the consequential requirements of the different MARSEC levels

.210(n) Familiarity with all relevant aspects of the TWIC program and how to carry them out

G. Security Training for all other Facility Personnel 3 3 CFR 105.215 (Spot Check Item)

.215 Verify that all other personnel are familiar with FSP and relevant portions of the regulations. These personnel must have general knowledge through training or equivalent job experience in the following:

.215(a) Relevant provisions of the FSP & meaning of different MARSEC levels

.215(b) Relevant meaning of the different MARSEC levels

.215(c) Recognition & detection of dangerous substances and devices

.215(d) Recognition of characteristics and behavioral patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security

.215(e) Techniques used to circumvent security measures

.215(f) Familiarity with all relevant aspects of the TWIC program

H. Drill & Exercise Requirements 33 CFR 105.220

.220(a) General:

(1) Verify the drills & exercises test the proficiency of facility personnel in assigned security duties at all MARSEC Levels and the effective implementation of the FSP.

(2) A drill or exercise required by this section may be satisfied with the implementation of security measures required by the FSP as the result of an increase in the MARSEC Level, provided the facility reports attainment to the cognizant COTP.

If so, Date/Type:

.220(b) Drills:

(1) Review Drill Log to ensure that at least one security drill is conducted every 3 months.

-Date/Type of last drill:

(2) Verify the drills tested individual elements of the FSP, which included response to security threats and incidents.

.220(c) Exercises:

(1) Review Exercise Log to ensure exercises are conducted at least once each calendar year, with no more than 18 months between exercises.

-Date/Type of last exercise:

.220(c) Exercises:

(2) Note which exercise(s) were used:

(i) Full scale or live;

(ii) Tabletop simulation or seminar;

(iii) Combined with other appropriate exercise; or

(iv) Combination of elements in paragraphs (c)(2)(i) – (iii) of this section

I. Facility Recordkeeping Requirements 33 CFR 105.225

.225(a) Verify the FSO has kept records of the activities for at least 2 years and makes them available to the Coast Guard upon request.

.225(b) Review records to ensure all of the following are recorded and protected accordingly (if kept in electronic format):

(1) Training records for facility personnel with security duties ONLY (those personnel covered in 33 CFR 105.210)

(2) Drills and Exercises

(3) Incidents and Breaches of Security

(4) Change in MARSEC Levels

(5) Maintenance, calibration, and testing of security equipment

(6) Security Threats

(7) Declaration of Security (DoS)

(8) Annual audit of the FSP/ASP

* Verify letter certified by the FSO states date the annual completed

* Verify that past audit findings are addressed

.225(c) Verify that the records required by this part are protected from unauthorized access or disclosure in accordance with SSI procedures

J. MARSEC Level Coordination and Implementation 33 CFR 105.230 (Spot Check Item)

.230(a) Ensure facility is operating at proper MARSEC level in effect for the Port, and Review procedures outlined in FSP for current MARSEC Level.

.230(b) Review the procedures for changes in MARSEC levels:

(1) Verify notifications are made to vessels moored to or to arrive w/in 96 hours at facility of MARSEC change and the DoS is revised as necessary;

(2) Verify facility complies with required additional security measures within 12 hours; and

(3) Verify reports of compliance or non-compliance are made to the COTP.

.230(c) Review procedures for MARSEC Levels 2 & 3 that details how all facility personnel are informed about identified threats, and that emphasize reporting procedures/increased vigilance AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

.230(d) Ensure the FSP has procedures in place if the facility is not in compliance with the requirements of this section such as informing the COTP and obtaining approval prior to vessel interface or continuing operations.

.230(f) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 3 that in addition to requirements of this part, the facility may be required to implement additional measure, pursuant to 33 CFR part 6, 160 or 165, as appropriate, which may include but are not limited to the following AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP:

(1) Use of waterborne security patrol;

(2) Use of armed security personnel to control access to the facility; and

(3) Examination of piers, wharves and similar structures at the facility for the presence of dangerous substances, devices or other threats.

K. Communications 33 CFR 105.235

.235(a) Verify the FSO has means to effectively notify personnel of changes of security conditions at the facility.

.235(b) Verify that communications systems and procedures allow effective and continuous communications between the facility security personnel, vessels interfacing w/facility, the COTP and authorities w/security responsibilities.

.235(c) Verify that each active facility access point provides a means of contacting police, security control, or an emergency operations center.

.235(d) Verify that the communications systems have a backup means for both internal and external communications.

L. Declaration of Security 33 CFR 105.225 and 105.245

.225(b) (7) Verify that a copy of each single-visit DoS and a copy of each continuing DoS are kept with the FSP for at least 90 days after the end of its effective period.

.245(e) Verify that at MARSEC Level 1 & 2, if the facility has implemented a continuing DoS, the FSO must ensure that:

(1) The DoS is valid for a specific MARSEC Level

(2) The effective period at MARSEC Level 1 does not exceed 90 days

(3) The effective period at MARSEC Level 2 does not exceed 30 days

.245(f) Verify the FSO is aware that when the MARSEC Level increases beyond that contained in a continuing DoS, it is then void, and a new DoS must be executed per this section.

M. Security Systems and Equipment Maintenance 33 CFR 105.250 (Spot Check Item)

.250(a) Verify that security systems and equipment are in good working order and inspected, tested, calibrated, and maintained according to manufacturers’ recommendations.

.250(b) Verify that security systems are regularly tested IAW the manufacturer’s recommendations; noted deficiencies corrected promptly; and the results recorded as required by 105.225 of this subpart.

.250(c) Verify the procedures used for identifying and responding to security and equipment failures or malfunctions.

N. Security Measures for Access Control 33 CFR 105.255 [and 105.257] (Spot Check Item)

.255(f) Verify procedures at MARSEC Level 1 to ensure that security measures relating to access control are implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP, these procedures include those that:

(1) Demonstrate that the TWIC program is fully implemented and maintained;

(2) Screen persons, baggage, personal effects, and vehicles, for dangerous substances and devices at the rate specified in the approved FSP;

(3) Conspicuously post signs that describe security measures currently in effect and clearly state that: (i) Entering the facility is deemed valid consent to screening or inspection; and (ii) Failure to consent or submit to screening or inspection will result in denial or revocation
of authorization to enter;

(4) Check the identification of any person not holding a TWIC seeking to enter the facility, including vessel passengers and crew, vendors, government authorities, and visitors per means listed in .255(f)(4)(i)-(vi);

(5) Deny or revoke a person’s authorization to be on facility if the person is unable or unwilling to provide identity or account for his or her presence;

(6) Designate restricted areas and provide appropriate access controls for these areas;

(7) Identify access points that must be secured or attended to deter unauthorized access;

(8) Deter unauthorized access to the facility and to designated restricted areas within the facility;

(9) Screen by hand or device, such as x-ray, all unaccompanied baggage prior to loading onto a vessel; and

(10) Secure unaccompanied baggage after screening in a designated restricted area and maintain security control during transfers between facility and vessel.

.255(g) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 2 to ensure that security measures relating to access control can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

.255(h) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 3 to ensure that security measures relating to access control can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

O. Security Measures for Newly-Hired Employees 3 3 CFR 105.257 (Spot Check Item)

.257(a)-(b)&(d) Verify that the facility owner or operator or the FSO ensures the implementation of the TWIC rules for all newly-hired employees in accordance with this section AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

.257(c) Verify that the owner or operator acknowledges that this section does not apply to any person being hired as an FSO or any person being hired to perform facility security duties.

P. Security Measures for Restricted Areas 33 CFR 105.260 (Spot Check Item)

.260(c) Verify procedures to ensure that security measures relating to restricted area access control are implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP. These procedures include those that:

(1) Identify which facility personnel are authorized access;

(2) Determine which persons other than facility personnel are authorized to have access;

(3) Determine the conditions under which that access may take place;

(4) Define the extent of any restricted area;

(5) Define the times when access restrictions apply;

(6) Clearly mark all restricted areas, indicating that access is restricted and that unauthorized presence within the area constitutes a breach of security;

(7) Control the entry, parking, loading and unloading of vehicles;

(8) Control the movement and storage of cargo and vessel stores; and

(9) Control unaccompanied baggage or personnel effects.

.260(d) Verify procedures at MARSEC Level 1 to ensure that security measures relating to restricted areas are implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

.260(e) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 2 to ensure that security measures relating to restricted areas can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

.260(f) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 3 to ensure that security measures relating to restricted areas can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

Q. Security Measures for Handling Cargo 33 CFR 105.265 (Spot Check Item)

.265(b) Verify procedures at MARSEC Level 1 to ensure that security measures relating to handling cargo are implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP. These procedures include those that:

(1) Routinely check cargo, cargo transport units, and cargo storage areas within the facility prior to, and during, cargo handling operations for evidence of tampering;

(2) Check that cargo, containers, or other cargo transport units entering the facility match the delivery note or equivalent cargo documentation;

(3) Screen vehicles; and

(4) Check seals and other methods used to prevent tampering upon entering the facility and upon storage within the facility.

.265(c) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 2 to ensure that security measures relating to handling of cargo can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

.265(d) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 3 to ensure that security measures relating to handling of cargo can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

R. Security Measures for Delivery of Vessel Stores and Bunkers 33 CFR 105.270 (Spot Check Item)

.270(b) Verify procedures at MARSEC Level 1 to ensure that security measures relating to delivery of vessel stores and bunkers are implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP, these procedures must include those that:

(1) Screen stores at rate specified in FSP

(2) Require advance notification of vessel stores or bunkers delivery, including a list of stores, delivery vehicle driver and vehicle registration information;

(3) Screen delivery vehicles at rate specified in FSP;

(4) Escort delivery vehicles within the facility at rate specified in FSP.

(1) When automatic intrusion-detection devices are used, that they activate an audible or visual alarm, or both, at a location that is continuously attended or monitored;

.270(c) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 2 to ensure that security measures relating to delivery of vessel stores and bunkers can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

.270(d) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 3 to ensure that security measures relating to delivery of vessel stores and bunkers can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

S. Security Measures for Monitoring 33 CFR 105.275 (Spot Check Item)

.275(b) Verify procedures at MARSEC Level 1 to ensure that security measures relating to monitoring are implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP. These procedures include those that:

(1) When automatic intrusion-detection devices are used, that they activate an audible or visual alarm, or both, at a location that is continuously attended or monitored;

(2) Is able to function continually, including consideration of the possible effects of weather or of a power disruption;

(3) Monitors the facility area, including shore and waterside access to it;

(4) Monitors access points, barriers and restricted areas;

(5) Monitors access and movement adjacent to vessels using the facility, including augmentation of lighting provided by the vessel itself; and

(6) Limits lighting effects, such as glare, and their impact on safety, navigation, and other security activities.

.275(c) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 2 to ensure that security measures relating to monitoring can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

.275(d) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 3 to ensure that security measures relating to monitoring can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

T. Security Incident Procedures 33 CFR 105.280

.280(a) Verify procedures for responding to security threats or breaches of security and maintaining critical facility and vessel-to-facility interface.

.280(c) Review procedures for reporting security incidents as required in 101.305 of this subchapter.

U. Passenger and Ferry Facilities Only 33 CFR 105.285 (Spot Check Item)

.285(a) Verify that at all MARSEC Levels, the facility ensures that the following security measures are implemented in addition to the requirements of this part:

(1) Areas are established to segregate unchecked persons and effects from checked persons and effects;

(2) A defined percentage of vehicles are being screened IAW the MARSEC Directive and FSP/ASP;

(3) All unaccompanied vehicles to be loaded onto passenger vessels are screened prior to loading;

(4) Security personnel control access to restricted areas; and

(5) In a facility with a public access area designated under 105.106, provide sufficient security personnel to monitor all persons within the area.

.285(b) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 2 to ensure that security measures relating to passenger or ferry facilities can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

.285(c) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 3 to ensure that security measures relating to passenger or ferry facilities can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

V. Cruise Ship Terminals Only 33 CFR 105.290 (Spot Check Item)

.290 Verify that at all MARSEC Levels, in coordination with the vessel moored at the facility, that the owner or operator has procedures that ensure the following security measures in addition to the requirements of this part:

.290(a) Screening all persons, baggage, and all personal effects for dangerous substances and devices;

.290(b) Checking personnel identification, including the applicable TWIC rules;

.290(c) Designating holding, waiting, or embarkation areas to segregate screened persons and their personal effects;

.290(d) Providing additional security personnel to designated holding, waiting, or embarkation areas within the facility’s secure area; and

.290(e) Denying individuals not holding a TWIC access to secure and restricted areas unless escorted.

W. Certain Dangerous Cargo ( C D C ) Facilities Only 33 CFR 105.295 (Spot Check Item)

.295(a) Verify that at all MARSEC Levels, that the owner or operator of a CDC facility has procedures that ensure the implementation of the following security measures in addition to the requirements of this part:

(1) Escorting all visitors, contractors, vendors, and other non-facility employees;

(2) Controlling parking, loading and unloading of vehicles within a facility;

(3) Requiring security personnel to record or report their presence at key points during security patrols;

(4) Searching key areas prior to vessel arrivals; and

(5) Providing an alternate or independent power source for security and communications systems.

.295(b) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 2 to ensure that security measures relating to CDC facilities can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

.295(c) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 3 to ensure that security measures relating to CDC facilities can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

X. Barge Fleeting Facilities Only* 33 CFR 105.296 (Spot Check Item)

.296(a) Verify that at MARSEC Level 1, in addition to the requirements of this part, an owner or operator of a barge fleeting facility has procedures that ensure the implementation of the following security measures:

(1) Designating one or more restricted areas within the barge fleeting facility to handle those barges carrying, in bulk, cargoes regulated by 46 CFR chapter I, subchapters D or O, or Certain Dangerous Cargoes;

(2) Maintaining a current list of vessels and cargoes in the designated restricted area;

(3) Ensuring that at least one towing vessel is available to service the fleeting facility for every 100 barges within the facility;

(4) Controlling access to the barges once tied to the fleeting area by implementing TWIC as described in 105.255 of this part.

.296(b) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 2 to ensure that security measures relating to barge fleeting facilities can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

.296(c) Review procedures for MARSEC Level 3 to ensure that security measures relating to barge fleeting facilities can be implemented AS OUTLINED IN THE FSP.

Audit Summary

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.