On December 29, 2016, the U.S. government implemented a new streamlined interagency approach to communicate with U.S. maritime industry stakeholders regarding potential maritime security threats. This new approach, representing the most significant change to U.S. government maritime alerts and advisories since 1939, establishes a single consolidated U.S. Maritime Advisory System for issuing U.S. Maritime Alerts and U.S. Maritime Advisories. These two new instruments have replaced Special Warnings to Mariners (previously generated by the Department of State’s Office of Transportation Policy), MARAD Advisories (previously generated by the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration), and global maritime security focused Marine Safety Information Bulletins (previously generated by the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Coast Guard), to more effectively and efficiently communicate with U.S. maritime industry stakeholders regarding potential threats in the maritime domain.
This U.S. Maritime Advisory System involves cooperation between U.S. government maritime security partners from the Departments of State, Transportation, Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, the Intelligence Community, and the Global Maritime Operational Threat Response Coordination Center (GMCC).
The U.S. Maritime Alert has been developed to expeditiously provide basic information (location, incident type, and date/time) on reported maritime security threats to U.S. maritime industry interests. In some situations, a U.S. Maritime Alert may be issued to refute unsubstantiated claims. U.S. Maritime Alerts do not contain policy or recommendations for specific courses of action (this type of information is reserved for U.S. Maritime Advisories).
A U.S. Maritime Advisory may precede or follow the issuance of a U.S. Maritime Alert and is intended to provide more detailed information, when appropriate.
U.S. Maritime Alerts and Advisories will be: transmitted by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, emailed to U.S. maritime industry stakeholders, and posted to this web portal to inform mariners of potential maritime security threats. Vessel Masters, Company Security Officers, ship operators, U.S. mariners, U.S. maritime unions and professional associations, and U.S. mariner related non-governmental organizations are the intended recipients of these messages. The U.S. Maritime Advisory System utilizes a “whole-of government” approach vice a single U.S. government agency approach. While U.S. Maritime Alerts and Advisories are transmitted by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and are posted on the MARAD-hosted MSCI Web Portal, they should not be referred to as originating from a single agency.
Maritime industry stakeholders who wish to be added to the email distribution list for U.S. Maritime Alerts and Advisories should email their request to MaradSecurity@dot.gov.