GEORGETOWN – Representatives from the International Port Security Program, in conjunction with the Maritime Administration of Guyana, conducted a port security seminar on May 6-8, 2014, at the Regency Hotel. This seminar was the second in a series of four programs being conducted by U.S. Coast Guard facilitators.
The seminar focused on boosting the capacity of Guyana’s port-facilities to comply with International Ship and Port Security Code requirements for conducting maritime drills and exercises.
According to U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Mangum, “The completion of drills and exercises are key functions of a healthy port security community, as they allow personnel with security duties and management to work through simulated problems and develop contingency plans.”
The three day seminar was attended by an array of port-facility security officers, including members of the Guyana Coast Guard, the Guyana Revenue Authority, and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).
Government officials in health care and disaster management also participated in the seminar. The Maritime Administration of Guyana, which is responsible for the oversight of maritime security and International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) enforcement, hosted the event. Funding for this training series is provided by the Unites States Government’s Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), launched by President Barack Obama in 2009 at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, and implemented in 2010. (US Embassy)