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SAFE Port Act: Port Security Interagency Operational Centers
This is a part of the Safety and Accountability For Every Port Act (SAFE Port Act), originally approved in 2006 as Public Law 109-347 and subsequently amended. The text shown here is as codified in Title 46 (Shipping) of the U.S. Code. Some other parts of the SAFE Port Act were codified in Title 6 (Domestic Security) of the U.S. Code.




See the full SAFE Port Act as enacted in 2006 (i.e., with some items unrelated to this subject but not including subsequent amendments to the law itself); this is a large PDF file.

Other provisions in the SAFE Port Act related to maritime security include:


See also the CENTRAL guide to Security, Sanctions, and Compliance for links to other laws on , as well as other U.S. laws on Maritime Security and related matters.




§70107A. Interagency operational centers for port security

(a) In General.—The Secretary shall establish interagency operational centers for port security at all high-priority ports not later than 3 years after the date of the enactment of the SAFE Port Act.

(b) Characteristics.—The interagency operational centers established under this section shall—

(1)(A) include—

(i) information management systems, and

(ii) sensor management systems; and

(B) where practicable, provide for the physical co-location of the Coast Guard and, as the Secretary determines appropriate, representatives of the United States Customs and Border Protection, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Transportation Security Administration, the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, and other Federal agencies, State and local law enforcement or port security personnel, members of the Area Maritime Security Committee, and other public and private sector stakeholders adversely affected by a transportation security incident or transportation disruption;

(2) utilize, as appropriate, the compositional and operational characteristics of existing centers;

(3) be organized to fit the security needs, requirements, and resources of the individual port area at which each is operating; and

(4) be incorporated in the implementation and administration of—

(A) maritime transportation security plans developed under section 70103;

(B) maritime intelligence activities under section 70113 and information sharing activities consistent with section 1016 of the National Security Intelligence Reform Act of 2004 (6 U.S.C. 485) and the Homeland Security Information Sharing Act (6 U.S.C. 481 et seq.);

(C) short- and long-range vessel tracking under sections 70114 and 70115;

(D) protocols under section 201(b)(10) of the SAFE Port Act;

(E) the transportation security incident response plans required by section 70104; and

(F) other activities, as determined by the Secretary.

(c) Security Clearances.—The Secretary shall sponsor and expedite individuals participating in interagency operational centers in gaining or maintaining their security clearances. Through the Captain of the Port, the Secretary may identify key individuals who should participate. The port or other entities may appeal to the Captain of the Port for sponsorship.

(d) Security Incidents.—During a transportation security incident on or adjacent to waters subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port designated by the Commandant of the Coast Guard in a maritime security command center described in subsection (a) shall act as the incident commander, unless otherwise directed by the President.

(e) Deployment of Interoperable Communications Equipment at Interagency Operational Centers.—The Secretary, subject to the availability of appropriations, shall ensure that interoperable communications technology is deployed at all interagency operational centers established under subsection (a) and that such technology and equipment has been tested in live operational environments before deployment.

(f) Rule of Construction.—Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect the normal command and control procedures for operational entities in the Department, unless so directed by the Secretary.

(g) Authorization of Appropriations.—There are authorized to be appropriated $60,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2007 through 2012 to carry out this section.