Facility Security Symposium and FSO Academy was created to give members of the international port community a unique opportunity to have direct access to the foremost leaders that establish the industry's best practices and procedures.

The Symposium will allow port facility professionals from around the country and world to share their expertise as well as current and future trends. Attendees will hear from senior Coast Guard personnel and other key partners that will deliver cutting-edge insight on regulation changes with a spotlight on exemplary facilities that are leading the way.  One of our featured speakers will be CAPT Tom Kaminski who serves as the Chief of Prevention, Eighth Coast Guard District headquartered in New Orleans. He is responsible for operations spanning 26 states, including the Gulf of Mexico coastline from Florida to Mexico, the adjacent offshore waters and outer continental shelf, and the inland waterways of the Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois and Tennessee River systems.

The Symposium will begin at noon on June 6, 2018. The event will include an award ceremony on June 7th acknowledging these facilities and organizations followed by two days of dynamic presentations from their area of expertise including: Large/Small Port, Container, Cruise, Petro-Chemical, Cyber Security, CDC/LNG and USCG-Approved FSO Training Requirements.

In order to give attendees the most beneficial experience the Symposium has a limited capacity and registration will be performed on a strict first come first served basis.


Three Day USCG-Approved Facility Security Officer Course

The FSO Academy will have a Three Day USCG-Approved Facility Security Officer Course available from June 4-6. This highly interactive and engaging course focuses on the knowledge and skills required of facility security officers.  The scope of this training is designed to satisfy the maritime security training requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, Chapter IX-2 of SOLAS 74 as amended, the IMO IPS Code and relevant Coast Guard regulations.  In particular, the duties and responsibilities with respect to security of a port facility, for ensuring the development of a Facility Security Assessment, for ensuring the development of, implementing, maintaining and updating a Facility Security Plan and for liaising with Ship Security Officers (SSOs) and Company Security Officers (CSOs).

One Day FSO Refresher Course

The FSO Academy will feature a One Day Refresher Course on June 5th for those who have previously taken a MARAD certified Facility Security Officer course. This refresher allows participants an update on recent changes in laws and regulations that are vital to understand. This course will re-ground you in your duties and responsibilities with respect to security of a port facility, implementing, maintaining and updating a Facility Security Plan and for liaising with Ship Security Officers (SSOs) and Company Security Officers (CSOs).

Facility Security Symposium

The Facility Security Symposium begins on Wednesday June 6th at noon and runs through Friday June 8th at noon. The Symposium will be filled with informative sessions by experts in the field and representatives of exemplary port facilities from around the country. The size of the Symposium will be limited to provide for dialog and discussion among all participants.

Award Reception

Symposium Day Two consists of a cocktail reception open to all registrants followed by an introduction by Commander Edward P. Seebald, USCG, Ret. The evening will conclude with the "Ports of Excellence" awards ceremony that recognizes exemplary facilities.

Who Should Attend the Facility Security Symposium & FSO Academy:

  • U.S Coast Guard Headquarters, Area, Districts and Sectors
  • Companies that Own or Operate a 33 CFR 105 Facility
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Dept of Defense Maritime Components
  • Law Enforcement Agencies with Maritime Missions
  • State and Local Government
  • Leisure Boating Associations
  • Marina Owners and Operators
  • Commercial Shipping Associations
  • Foreign Military and Federal Agencies
  • Terminal Operators
  • Port Operators and Administrators
  • Port Security Directors
  • Port Government Relations Officers
  • Critical Infrastructure Security Directors
  • Commercial Ship Owners and Operators
  • Cruise and Ferry Operators
  • Workboat Operators
  • Security Service Providers and Consultants
  • System Integrators
  • Security Technology Providers
  • YOU!