U.S. Coast Guard Partners with Cabo Verde to improve Port Security

U.S. Coast Guard Partners with Cabo Verde to improve Port Security


Praia, Cabo Verde, 13 July 2023 – U.S. Coast Guard International Port Security Program representatives conducted a capacity-building seminar on Port Facility Security Assessment and Port Facility Security Plans in Praia from 11-13 July 2023

The United States Embassy Praia assisted the U.S. Coast Guard to organize a program for more than [15] Cabo Verde port security officials.

“The U.S. Coast Guard has worked directly with the Directorate of ENAPOR to tailor this seminar to the needs that were identified by Cabo Verde. The knowledge gained from this seminar will be used by ports around the country to enhance their port security programs, thus enhancing the security of worldwide maritime transportation system.” said Mr. Bryan Ullmer, Atlantic Area Commander representative.

The program was designed to enhance port security capabilities in compliance with the 2004 International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code, following recommendations during a U.S. Coast Guard visit in March 2022. Key features of the program include providing technical assistance in the following areas:

1) Port facility access control, in order to enhance the physical protection systems and security capabilities of each port facility.

2) Drills and exercises in order to enhance the effective coordination and implementation of the port facility security plans.

3) Physical security and threat risk assessment, in order to enhance the identification of threats, vulnerabilities, capabilities, preparedness, and existing security measures related to the port.

In an effort to establish a comprehensive approach to maritime security, the International Maritime Organization and its Member States developed the ISPS Code, the only internationally accepted blueprint for the implementation of maritime security measures.  The Coast Guard’s International Port Security Program was established in 2003 to reinforce implementation of the ISPS Code in order to better understand of maritime security measures worldwide.  Implementation of these international standards is a worldwide partnership between maritime nations.

The Coast Guard is the principal Federal agency responsible for maritime safety, security, and environmental stewardship in U.S. ports and inland waterways, along more than 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline, throughout the 4.5 million square miles of U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone, and on the high seas. As a branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, a law enforcement organization, a regulatory agency, a member of the U.S. Intelligence Community, and a first responder, the Coast Guard employs a unique mix of authorities, broad jurisdiction, flexible operational capabilities, and a network of partnerships. Coast Guard safeguards U.S. national security, border security, and economic prosperity in a complex and evolving maritime environment.

For more information contact: Eric Wilmer, LCDR, USN, US Embassy Praia, Office of Security Cooperation.