Security Levels


  National Threat Level: Elevated

Office of Port & Facility Compliance


Functional Statement:

Under the direction and supervision of the Chief, Office of Port & Facility Compliance, the Chief, Cargo & Facilities Division shall:

  1. Administer, manage and implement onshore and offshore domestic commercial facilities, including Deepwater ports, and cargo safety, security and environmental protection compliance programs, including direction of Coast Guard field activities and oversight of third parties and industry partnerships in support of applicable laws and regulations.
  2. Advise the Office of Investigation and Analysis regarding the NOV enforcement program policy as applied to cargo and commercial facilities, including but not limited to eligibility of violation cites, and establishing recommended monetary penalty amounts.
  3. Maintain liaison and outreach with key industry, inter-agency and international partners on related facility and cargo safety, security and environmental protection activities.
  4. Develop policy for Facility Security Plans (FSPs) review and approval, as well as develop policy, and conduct review and approval of Facility Alternative Security Programs (ASPs). Oversee policy for Public Access Facilities.
  5. Establish and interpret standards and regulations, and participate in the rule-making and the legislative change process for onshore and offshore domestic commercial facilities, including Deepwater ports, and cargo safety, security and environmental protection regulations. Develop legislative and regulatory change proposals for these programs as necessary. Monitor field procedures and activities to ensure uniform application of regulations and policies.
  6. Administer the standard safety and security Facility Inspection and Pollution Prevention Compliance programs for bulk liquid and MTSA regulated facilities, and bulk liquid transfers. Monitor field procedures and activities to ensure uniform application of regulations and policies.
  7. Administer program activities for military and commercial explosives, radioactive material, packaged hazardous material, cargoes of particular hazard, classified cargoes, certain dangerous cargoes (CDC), and other dangerous cargo loading and handling at facilities.
  8. Prepare Commandant's Action on Appeals of decisions or actions rendered by COTP's, and FMSC’s, or District Commander’s regarding any compliance matters under the cognizance of the Office and as expressed in regulation.
  9. Develop policies, maintain guidance, and prepare the Commandant's action on requests for exemptions or waivers from regulatory requirements for facilities.
  10. Maintain database of all U.S. MARPOL waste reception facilities and provide updates to IMO as appropriate.
  11. Develop inspection, enforcement and safety and security policy for the Coast Guard Container Inspection program.
  12. Develop regulations and policy guidance for the implementation of biometric card readers for use at MTSA regulated facilities and vessels.
  13. Establish policy, policy guidance and oversee the enforcement of international treaties, conventions, and domestic regulations for domestic onshore and offshore commercial facilities, including Deepwater ports, and cargo.
  14. Coordinate with interdepartmental agencies and other departments on the application of a coordinated cargo safety and security legislation, regulations, standards, and rules.
  15. Coordinate U.S. participation in IMO Maritime Safety Committee’s Maritime Security Working Group, CWO’s Cargo Security working Group, and other intergovernmental and non-governmental standards organizations relative to the development of port facility and cargo international and national standards and guidance.
  16. Administer Research & Development efforts in support of domestic vessel compliance programs (e.g. RFID, K-9, screening technology).
  17. Serve as a Coast guard representative on select government coordinating councils (e.g. Energy, Chemical).
  18. Serve as program manager for review and approval of facility response plans. Represent FRP issues before external stakeholders at National Response Team meetings, International Oil Spill Conference, and Clean Gulf Conference, etc.
  19. Develop, in cooperation with Office of Vessel Activities, hazardous substance facility response Plan regulations.
  20. Create and implement multifaceted effort and accompanying policy implementation to optimize domestic MARPOL reception facilities.
  21. Maintain port security Help Desk to facilitate stakeholders' compliance with applicable security regulations, policy and field guidance. Compile and retain feedback and responses to improve existing regulations or field guidance. Maintain published FAQ database.
  22. Coordinate DHS, Area, District and Sector input to prepare responses for urgent Congressional inquiries on high profile security regulations and CG policy.
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Last Modified 10/3/2012