Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA)

MTSA Overview
Sensitive Security Information (SSI)


The Facility Security Rule applies to:

  • Facilities that receive explosives, liquefied natural or hazardous gas, or oil and other hazardous materials in bulk);
  • Transfer oil or hazardous materials;
  • Facilities that receive vessels certified to carry more than 150 passengers, if passengers embark or disembark at the facility;
  • Facilities that receive foreign cargo vessels greater than 100 gross register tons;
  • Facilities that receive vessels subject to SOLAS; or
  • Barge fleeting facilities that receive barges carrying, in bulk, cargoes regulated by 46 CFR Chapter I, subchapters D or O, or Certain Dangerous Cargoes (CDCs).

MTSA compliance is performance-based. However, the Coast Guard must ultimately approve each Facility Security Plan (FSP). In general, each FSP must:

  • Designate a Facility Security Officer in charge of implementing the FSP;
  • Describe how security measures will be implemented to ensure physical, passenger, cargo, and personnel security;
  • Identify the availability of security measures that increase in conjunction with increases in the Coast Guard’s MARSEC Level (i.e., with increases in national terrorism threat levels); and
  • Be updated at least every 5 years.

In May 2004, the Coast Guard issued NVIC 03-03: Implementation Guidance for the Regulations Mandated by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) for Facilities. The NVIC was later amended.

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