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  National Threat Level: Elevated

Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC)

“AMS Committees are cornerstones in bolstering the lines of defense of our Nation’s ports.”

              - VADM Brian Salerno

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The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, substantially changed the risk profile of the Nation’s ports, waterways, coastal areas, Maritime Transportation System (MTS), and Maritime Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CI/KR). The Coast Guard responded by re-evaluating and strengthening its abilities to protect these assets from possible terrorist attack.

On November 25, 2002, the President signed into effect the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA). The AMSCs were established under this Act, to provide a link for contingency planning, development, review, and update of Area Maritime Security Plans (AMSP), and to enhance communication between port stakeholders within federal, state and local agencies, and industry to address maritime security issues.

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AMSC Membership website 
Area Maritime Security Plan website 
AMSC Responsibilities website 

AMSC Brochure
NVIC 9-02 CH 3
33 CFR Chapter 1 Subchapter H Part 103


CG-FAC-1 gathered vital information from the 2012 AMSC Annual Reports and incorporated it into one consolidated report.  This inaugural annual report is a mechanism to share best practices, accomplishments, challenges, and concerns across the AMSC spectrum.  It better recognizes the importance of our AMSCs to ensure our nation's security as well as our need to continuously improve our understanding, and addressing, of maritime risks as we move forward into the future.  The annual report can be found at the following link:  AMSC Consolidated Annual Report 2012.

A new initiative has been promulgated by CG-FAC to promote the active collaboration between Port Security Specialists and the Maritime Enforcement Rate in performing Area Maritime Security (AMS) Assessments and MTSA related activities for all port and waterway areas. Utilizing the security expertise that the Maritime Enforcement Rate harnesses will allow for more thorough and comprehensive examinations for port security risks and vulnerabilities.

Port Security Specialist and Maritime Enforcement Rate ALCOAST

AMSC Contact:

Contact your local U.S. Coast Guard AMSC Representative. 

Last Modified 9/9/2010