The Facility Security Symposium and FSO Academy were created for members of the international port community. Our goal - Improve port readiness for emerging threats beyond 2020.

The Facility Security Symposium provides a unique opportunity to have direct access to the leaders who establish regulatory requirements as well as the industry trailblazers who demonstrate best practices and procedures. The FSO Academy offers U.S. Coast Guard approved, best-in-industry training for key port security personnel, such as Company Security Officers and Facility Security Officers.

The Symposium will allow port facility professionals from around the country and world to share their expertise as well as examine current and future trends. Attendees will hear from senior U.S. Coast Guard personnel and other key partners who will deliver cutting-edge insight on regulation changes with a spotlight on exemplary facilities that are leading the way.

The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Karl Schultz, has been invited to be the keynote speaker to discuss current threats, policy and cyber-security regarding ports and facilities. Mr. John Felker, Assistant Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, has also been invited to discuss the latest cyber threats, intelligence, integrated operational planning and mission execution with emphasis on risk mitigation and response efforts.

The Facility Security Symposium will begin at 1:30pm on July 15, 2020. The event will include an award ceremony on the evening of July 15 acknowledging high-performing facilities and organizations followed by a program of dynamic presentations from a variety of expertise and perspectives, including topics such as Large & Small Port facilities, Container, Cruise, Petro-Chemical, and CDC/LNG terminals, Cyber Security, Best Practices, High Reliability, U.S. Coast Guard security requirements and “The Good, The Bad & The Ugly 2.0”.

To maximize attendee experience and access to subject matter specialists, the Facility Security Symposium will have a limited capacity. Registration confirmation will be strictly on a first-come, first-served basis.



Three-Day U.S. Coast Guard - Approved Facility Security Officer Course

The FSO Academy will feature a Three Day U.S. Coast Guard - Approved Facility Security Officer Course on July 13-15. This highly interactive and engaging course focuses on the knowledge and skills required of Facility Security Officers. The scope of this industry renowned 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 U.S. 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)

Three Day U.S. Coast Guard - Approved Outer Continental Shelf Company Security Officer and Facility Security Officer Combined Course

The FSO Academy will feature the only U.S. Coast Guard - approved course that fulfills all 33 CFR 106 training requirements for Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Company Security Officer (CSO) and Facility Security Officer (FSO) on July 13-15. PLUS, additional training modules on up-to-date regulatory changes, Security Threat Updates, Cybersecurity for maritime facilities, the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) Final Rule, HOMEPORT, preparing for your U.S. Coast Guard Compliance Inspection, proper SSI handling, conducting a proper OCS Facility Security Assessment & Risk-Based Analysis, access control requirements, how to conduct Drills & Exercises, and more!

One Day FSO Refresher Course

The FSO Academy will feature a one-day Refresher Course on July 14 for those who have previously been certified in a Seebald & Associates’ U.S. Coast Guard - approved Facility Security Officer course. This refresher provides 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, identifying emerging threats, and liaising with regulatory agencies.

Facility Security Symposium

The Facility Security Symposium begins on Wednesday July 15th at 1:00pm and runs through 5:30pm Thursday July 16th. 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

The Facility Security Symposium Day One culminates with an evening cocktail reception open to all registrants. During this exceptional social networking opportunity Seebald & Associates CEO, Commander Edward P. Seebald, U.S. Coast Guard (ret.), will announce the "Ports of Excellence" awards in a ceremony that recognizes exemplary port facilities and personnel.


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!