Alternative Security Programs (ASP) give groups of similar vessels and/or
facilities an alternative way to comply with the Maritime Transportation
Security Act (MTSA). Vessels and/or facilities which operate under an ASP
are relieved of the facility / vessel security plan submission requirement.
Prior to implementing an ASP, members must demonstrate they are a "member in
good standing" of the sponsoring organization and must complete a
ASPs are submitted to Commandant for approval (see 33 CFR 101.120(c)). Once approved, members of the sponsoring organization may implement the ASP. All approval letters are posted on the non-secure side of Homeport http://homeport.uscg.mil
Once a facility becomes a member of the sponsoring organization and FULLY implements the ASP there are several documents that must be submitted to the cognizant Captain of the Port (COTP):
1) a letter stating which ASP they are using;
2) a list of facilities that will implement the ASP (assuming there is more than one facility location), (33CFR101.120(b)(3)); and,
3) a completed Facility Security Assessment (FSA) report (33CFR105.405(a)(17) and a completed CG-6025 (33CFR105.405(a)(18)).
The ASP itself is not submitted to the COTP because it has already been approved by Commandant.
Vessels that operate under an ASP must send a letter to the Marine Safety Center (MSC). Commanding Officer (MSC)
US Coast Guard
4200 Wilson Blvd, Ste 400
Arlington, VA 20598-7410
Although vessels do not have to submit an FSA report, they must complete one and keep it onboard to be made available to the CG upon request.
The following is a list of approved ASPs:
|American Chemistry Council (ACC)||facilities|
|American Gaming Association (AGA)||facilities & vessels|
|American Waterways Operators (AWO)||vessels|
|Electric Sector ASP (ESASP)||facilities|
|Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association (GNOBFA)||facilities|
|Lake Carriers Association (LCA)||vessels|
|North American Export Grain Association (NAEGA)||facilities|
|Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA)||vessels|
|Passenger Vessel Association (PVA)||facilities & vessels|
|Washington State Ferries (WSF)||facilities & vessels|
New ASPs can be submitted for approval to:
2100 Second Street SW STOP 7581
Washington, DC 20592-7581