NAMSSA is ac­cred­ited by DOTr to help in se­cur­ing coun­try’s ports

Manila Bulletin - - Shipping Bulletin -

The Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tionOf­fice for Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity (DOTr-OTS) has ac­cred­ited the Na­tional Mar­itime Safety and Se­cu­rity Agency (NAMSSA) for do­mes­tic mar­itime se­cu­rity in the coun­try’s ma­jor and mi­nor ports in the coun­try.

NAMSSA is the first rec­og­nized se­cu­rity or­ga­ni­za­tion (RSO) in the Philip­pines that has ca­pa­bil­ity to un­der­take the Mar­itime In­tel­li­gence Risk Suite (MIRS) that can track all ves­sels, ports, weather, and any se­cu­rity risks via satel­lite. It is con­nected to the Global In­te­grated Ship­ping In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (GISIS) of the In­ter­na­tional Mar­itime Or­ga­ni­za­tion (IMO), a spe­cial­ized agency of the United Na­tions re­spon­si­ble for mea­sures to im­prove the safety and se­cu­rity of in­ter­na­tional ship­ping and to pre­vent marine pol­lu­tion from ships.

NAMSSA Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Capt. Jesser Cor­dova said that they will sup­port the work of the Of­fice for Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity. I will ver­ify com­pli­ance and in­spect/au­dit all ports, ships, ship­ping com­pa­nies un­der the di­rec­tive and au­tho­riza­tion of OTS led by its ad­min­is­tra­tor, Un­der­sec­re­tary Ar­turo M. Evan­ge­lista.

Cap­tain Cor­dova, a mer­chant marine of­fi­cer, said there is need to do au­dit and in­spec­tion of all ships, ports, ship­yards, and ship­ping com­pa­nies now that the ad­min­is­tra­tion is un­der­tak­ing a war on drugs, il­le­gal trade. There is need to en­sure the “safety and se­cu­rity of the mar­itime trans­porta­tion that in­volves peo­ple, en­vi­ron­ment, as­sets, rep­u­ta­tion, and sus­tain­abil­ity.”

NAMSSA will be avail­able 24/7 to scru­ti­nize the na­tion’s ports, ship­ping com­pa­nies, and ship­yards to de­ter any threat of ter­ror­ism, drug pro­lif­er­a­tion, and any il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties, Cor­dova said.

DOTr ACCREDITS NAMSSA FOR DO­MES­TIC MAR­ITIME SE­CU­RITY – Na­tional Mar­itime Safety and Se­cu­rity Agency (NAMSSA) of­fi­cials pose with Un­der­sec­re­tary Ar­turo Evan­ge­lista (seated), ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion’s Of­fice for Trans­porta­tion Se­cu­rity (DOTr-OTS), fol­low­ing its ac­cred­i­ta­tion for do­mes­tic mar­itime se­cu­rity. Stand­ing from left: Atty. Erwin Motin of NAMSSA Le­gal Depart­ment; Gen. Napoleon Cu­a­ton, OTS head; Capt. Jesser Cor­dova, NAMSSA di­rec­tor-gen­eral; David Choi, NAMSSA head of gen­eral af­fairs; and Sung Hee Lee, Korean Reg­is­ter of Ship­ping coun­try man­ager.

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