In addition to being
the principle clearinghouse for the exchange of
information between its members , the MSC
also acts as a liaison with regulators and
governments, offering vital intelligence on crimes at
sea and information to assist with national and
international anti-drug efforts.
As a consequence of this role, the MSC assisted in the
development of the Sea Carrier Initiative and Super
Carrier Programs and actively participates in
international activities with the U.S. Drug Control
Program, World Customs Organization, BASC and BIMCO.
As a result of its successful assistance to government,
the MSC was the proud recipient of the U.S. Vice
President's National Performance Review (or "Hammer
Award"), and has been a maritime security advisor to The
White House, National Security Council, U.S. Customs and
Border Protection, U.S. Department of Transportation,
and the U.S. Coast Guard.
In 2000, the Maritime Security Council was appointed as
the Technical Advisor to the U.S. State Department's
Overseas Security Advisory Council on maritime security
issues. The MSC has also served as an advisor to
INTERPOL, the international police organization.
The MSC provided input and assisted in the drafting of
the U.S. Maritime Port Security Act of 2001, one of the
most important pieces of legislation presented over the
last decade and has been called upon numerous times to
provide expert testimony to both the U.S. House and
In 2002, the U.S. passed the Maritime Transportation
Security Act and the MSC was specifically named within
the legislation as resource for the Secretary to consult
in developing proper maritime security training
standards under the new law.
The MSC also partnered with U.S. Customs and Border
Protection in the C-TPAT (Customs Trade Partnership
Against Terrorism) initiative and assisted in writing
the regulations for C-TPAT for Sea Carriers. The
MSC also provided assistance to the IMO in the
development of global improvements for security of
vessels and ports.
In 2007, the MSC became the industry representative
on the Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC)
Council, where it promotes the exchange of information
and intelligence within the maritime industry and with
other critical infrastructures.
The MSC meets twice a year, with an annual conference in
the fall in Washington D.C. and a spring meeting at
various locations throughout the United States. At these
meetings, MSC members participate in extensive maritime
briefings from federal and regional law enforcement,
defense, and intelligence agencies as well as
presentations on such diverse topics as problem ports,
foreign crimes and terrorism threats, fines and
penalties legislation, pending security regulations,
recently encountered smuggling and stowaway techniques,
maritime security products, to name only a few. The
meetings also feature educational seminars and
technology exhibits which display the latest in maritime
security devices and services.
Throughout the year, members are kept up-to-date with
MSC's exclusive daily Maritime Security Alert e-mail
service. An MSC Alert provides urgent and timely
information on such matters as hostile vessel seizures
and hazardous port conditions - information that can be
vital to the safe operation of commercial vessels.
Since its inception, the MSC's sole purpose is to
represent the interests of the maritime industry on
security issues and we continue to do so today. In
the future, the MSC plans to continue its development of
a maritime-specific ISAC, develop a Maritime Security
Professional Certification program, and offer the
highest level of support for its members.