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USCG issues notice on ships from Syria
The US Coast Guard issued a notice stating that, effective March 20th, it will impose conditions of entry on vessels arriving in the United States from Syria. With the exception of vessels arriving from certain named ports, any vessel arriving in the United States that called in Syria during its previous five port calls must demonstrate the following: (1) that it implemented measures in accordance with the ship’s security plan equivalent to Security Level 2; (2) that each access point to the vessel was guarded and that the guards had total visibility of the exterior to the ship while in the Syrian port; (3) that it attempted to execute a Declaration of Security; (4) that it logged all security actions in the ship’s log; (5) that it reported such actions to the USCG Captain of the Port (COTP) prior to arrival in the United States; and (6) that each access point to the vessel is guarded and that the guards have total visibility of the exterior to the ship during US port calls. Note: Similar conditions of entry have been imposed on ships arriving in the United States from Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Indonesia, Liberia, and Mauritania.
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