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Operational Excellence through Leadership and Compliance

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Compliance and Leadership for Upper Level Management

This session, designed for HSS & E professionals, compliance professionals, their supervisors, executives and vessel and facility owners and operators, focuses on the concept that most compliance problems are related to lack of implementation which can be traced to basic leaderships issues at all levels of the company. This is not an examination of any particular regulation but sets the ground work for individuals to establish a fully compliant program at all levels for the company. Discussions focus on the regulatory process, applicability, research, implementation strategies, and achieving buy-in from all levels. Accountability and legal implications of non-compliance for individuals, as well as the company, are also covered topics.

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Leadership and Management for the Mariner

The role of the mariner is constantly evolving. In addition to the traditional roles and responsibilities, regulatory programs now require mariners to manage complicated safety and security programs. No longer is a captain’s job description solely to “drive the boat.” In most cases the master of the vessel is the key to compliance, or non-compliance, for the company. This course is specifically designed, through lectures and role playing, to train mariners in the responsibilities they hold as licensed mariners and masters of vessels, and to inspire the leadership that is required of today’s mariners in order to operate compliant and successful companies.

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Maritime Security Training (CSO/VSO/FSO)

The course is based on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) model courses. It meets all the requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and Coast Guard regulations found in 33CFR subchapter H, as well as the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS). Additional modules include: an analysis of maritime terrorism; how to research the Code of Federal Regulations; Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circulars (NVICs); local policy directives; as well as the best way to deal with the Coast Guard inspector. All applicable reference materials are provided to each trainee.

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Facility Personnel with Security Duties

Security guards “hold the keys” to your facility, and are a critical piece of the compliance puzzle when it comes to access control and monitoring. This course is designed to train all facility personnel with security duties as required by federal regulations. It meets all the requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and Coast Guard regulations found in 33CFR subchapter H, as well as the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS).

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Vessel Personnel with Security Duties

This course is designed to train vessel personnel with security duties as required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and Coast Guard regulations found in 33CFR subchapter H, as well as the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS).

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Advanced Topics in Maritime Security

This session is designed for individuals who have already received some form of maritime security officer training, or who has been serving in those positions for some time. Topics covered are ones that are most often overlooked during training, implementation, and enforcement, such as: screening, applicability and definitions, study of maritime threats and those who pose those threats, intelligence, conducting security risk assessment using risk assessment tools, the intent of performance based regulations, secure and restricted area designation, and defending your plan to regulatory personnel, and regulatory dispute resolution.

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Crew Endurance Management System (CEMS) Coaches

A two-day course designed by the U.S. Coast Guard to train individuals in becoming CEMS coaches in order to assist in implementing CEMS programs in companies and on board vessels. This course also is also a prerequisite to CEMS expert training.

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Maritime Security for Enforcement Personnel

The course, designed specifically for U.S. Coast Guard enforcement personnel goes into great detail on the background of the threats, how the regulations came to be, the intent of the regulations, and other "big picture" issues. It also covers all of the required knowledge factors for CSO, VSO (SSO) and (P)FSO. The overall intent of this training is to provide regulatory inspectors a broad prospective of the overall importance of these regulations, as well as an in-depth knowledge of CSO, VSO and FSO training requirements in order to properly assess the level of training of those appointed as CSO, VSO (SSO) or (P)FSO. It is not a step by step examination of the regulations or ISPS code, but rather it provides background knowledge necessary to take a critical look at what the industry has implemented and determine if such measures meet the letter and intent of the regulations.

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Exportable customized training

We may be able to design a course to fit your company’s particular needs.

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  • Facility Security Plan (FSP)

  • Vessel Security Plan (VSP)

  • American Waterways Operators (AWO) Responsible Carrier Program (RCP)

  • International Safety Management (ISM)

  • Towing Safety Management System (TSMS)

  • IMCA CMID

 

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Plans must be realistic, relevant, reasonable and able to be implemented. If they are not, they can become just another book on the shelf, or worse, evidence of negligence in the case of litigation. If it doesn’t make sense, get rid of it.


If you are unsure whether you need a particular plan or not, contact us first, regardless of what you have been told. We will do the regulatory research and make sure the requirement applies to your operation before we advise you to make the investment.

Plans and Management Systems:

  • Facility Security Plan (FSP)
  • Vessel Security Plan (SSP/VSP)
  • International Safety Management (ISM) System (SMS)
  • Towing Safety Management System (TSMS)
  • American Waterways Operators (AWO) Responsible Carrier Program (RCP)
  • NonTank Vessel Response Plan (NTVRP)
  • Vessel Response Plan (VRP)
  • Ballast Water Management Plan (BWMP)
  • Crew Endurance Management System (CEMS) Plan
  • Streamlined Inspection Program (SIP)
  • Compliance Management System
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Exercises:

Many plans require exercises to be conducted. Some allow table tops or seminars in lieu of full exercises each time. If you have an exercise coming due, consider Maritime Compliance International to help you put an on an innovative exercise program that will have lasting benefits.

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Are you tired of getting three different answers to the same regulatory question?


Do you know that following an individual inspector’s opinions on what is correct (or OK) does not mean you are in compliance if the opinion is in conflict with written directives of the agency?


Did you know the Coast Guard’s official policy is that it supports industry’s exercise of appeal of decisions made by its members?


“The exercise of appeal is a right we strongly support. Questions, differences of professional opinion, and appeals are normal and improve the conduct of business. We must be as accepting of these as praise. Attempt to resolve problems at the lowest level possible and be resourceful in doing so.”
ADM Thad Allen, Commandant U.S. Coast Guard


Consulting Services

Whether you require safety, security, or compliance consulting, regulatory research or a subject matter expert for a specific project, we can help you get the right answers you need. Perhaps a determination has been made on a regulatory issue that you are uncomfortable with, we can help you with a second opinion and the appeal process if need be.

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Litigation Consultation

Whether you an attorney looking for someone to serve as an expert witness on Coast Guard regulatory issues, or you are an owner or operator would has received a notice of violation and requires assistance with the civil hearing process, we can help.

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Bringing a vessel into certification can be very costly if done so without being armed with the proper information. All aspects of the vessel and its intended operations must be examined, and all aspects must be considered including if the vessel is eligible for U.S. trade, eligible for your intended route, plans, scantlings, manning requirements, operating restrictions, amount of passengers or cargo based on stability, and specific Captain of the Port requirements which differ from port to port.


Testimonial:

“Kevin Gilheany is an experienced and well seasoned marine consultant. I have been working in the marine business for the past forty years. I have owned a marine business and I have never felt more confident in recommending and individual company for consultation than Maritime Compliance International, owned and managed by Kevin Gilheany. Keep up the good works Mr. Gilheany.”Jefferson Marine Towing, Inc.


If you have a vessel that you are considering obtaining a Certificate of Inspection (COI) for, whether it is new construction or an existing vessel, we can provide all the necessary services to get your COI, at the least expense, by getting it right the first time.

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Surveys/Services

  • Regulatory Compliance Surveys
  • Certificate of Inspection (COI) Preparation
  • Port State Control Exam Preparation
  • Representation During Coast Guard Inspection for Vessels and Facilities

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