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Officer Specialty Management System: Port and Facility Safety and Security

February 09, 2018

This is an Officer Specialty Management System series of posts highlighting the various specialties and sub-specialties offered by the Officer Specialty Management System.

Officers assigned to the Port and Facility Safety and Security specialty code (OAP-14) are skilled leaders fulfilling the Coast Guard’s marine safety mission, which seeks to provide safety, security, and stewardship for the nation’s ports and facilities. The officers in this specialty inspect, manage and oversee the regulatory and inspection elements of the Coast Guard’s safety, security and environmental protection responsibilities associated with maritime facilities (fixed/mobile, on-shore) to ensure overall compliance in regulated communities, including, but not limited to: (1) facility safety and security inspections; (2) container inspections; (3) explosive handling supervision; and (4) marine transportation system recovery.

The facility inspection program aims to ensure safety and prevent maritime transportation security incidents and marine casualties resulting from malicious acts, accidents or acts of nature against waterfront facilities. The program strives to protect the public, protect critical infrastructure and minimize damage to the environment while limiting disruption to and supporting restoration of the Marine Transportation System (MTS). The program accomplishes this by:

  • Developing and enforcing federal marine safety, security and environmental regulations;
  • Reviewing facility security plans, facility response plans, operations manuals, and emergency manuals;
  • Conducting facility inspections for security, safety and environmental protection;
  • Inspecting containers that are used in trade involving oil and hazardous substances;
  • Issuing certificates of adequacy to facilities meeting standards for the receipt of shipboard waste;
  • Supervising the loading and unloading of explosive materials; and
  • Conducting training and outreach to federal, state, local and industry personnel.

Annually, the Coast Guard completes approximately 12,000 facility inspections at 5,000 regulated facilities and 23,000 container inspections. Additionally, the service continues to be at the forefront of developing guidance to address a myriad of new technologies and risks in the maritime community, including cyber security, unmanned aerial systems, and liquefied natural gas as fuel. Maintaining a strong operational presence on the waterfront is key to safe, secure ports.

Requirements for this specialty code include: completion of the Facility Inspector Course at Training Center Yorktown (or graduation from MST “A” school), earning the Facility Inspector qualification (EU) and completion of one full tour as an officer in a Prevention-coded billet with at least one year of that tour conducting facility inspections and direct oversight of the facility inspection program. To meet the one-year requirement conducting facility inspections, officers must be directly involved in the facility inspection program by filling a facility inspection coded billet or having direct supervision of a small unit such as an MSD where the supervision involves actively conducting facility inspections throughout the year.

For additional Officer Specialty Management System resources and guidance, please click here. For additional information on the Port and Facility Safety and Security program, please visit the Coast Guard’s Office of Port and Facility Compliance (CG-FAC) website.

Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Teague and Petty Officer 2nd Class Lawson Boring, a marine science technician at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah, speak with personnel from Colonial Terminals Inc., a petroleum distribution center in Savannah, Ga., regarding any possible damage to shoreline facilities and infrastructure from Hurricane Irma, Sept. 12, 2017. Crew members at MSU’s around the Coast Guard routinely inspect waterfront or port facilities for safety, security and to conduct pollution prevention. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Tara Molle/Released)

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