Port Security Committee to meet Wednesday November 2, 2016
The next meeting of the Port Security Committee will be held at 1:30 pm on Wednesday, November 2nd. Click here for additional information.
DHS – Cybersecurity & “Heartbleed”
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued a news release regarding the cybersecurity vulnerability known as “Heartbleed”. Most commonly used websites are taking steps to address this issue. It is recommended that computer users monitor their email and other computer accounts for suspicious activity and change their passwords for their various web accounts once those accounts have completed their steps to resolve this cybersecurity risk.
The JMTX Port Security Committee
The JMTX Port Security Committee is co-chaired by:
Industry Leader – Mr. Chuck White, Jacksonville Port Authority
Government Leader – Captain Jeffrey Dixon, Coast Guard Captain of the Port
The Port Security Committee usually meets Quarterly on the first Wednesday of Feb, May, Aug, and Nov.
Meetings are normally held at the FDLE Conference Center at 921 N. Davis Street, Jacksonville, and start promptly at 1:30 p.m.
For additional information, contact Chuck White by email at Charles.White@JAXPORT.com or by phone at 904-357-3351 .
Protection of the operation and infrastructure of the port, commercial vessels and their cargos from terrorist or other criminal activities is a top priority of JMTX. In support of this priority, JMTX will:
- Promote and sponsor an active Port Security Committee to bring together Law Enforcement, regulatory agencies and port stakeholders in a mutually beneficial forum for security issues.
- Support members and actively participate in developing port and facility security plans to meet mandated and recommended requirements.
- Sponsor Maritime Domain Awareness infrastructure improvements for the port
F&T Committee Meeting – July 13, 2016
The Freight & Trade Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 at 1:30pm.
Minutes – F&T Committee Meeting – January 27, 2016
The Freight & Trade Committee met on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at the Jaxport Central Office Building. CWO Bertsch from the US Coast Guard discussed Hazardous Material Classification. Click Here to review the minutes.
Minutes – F&T Committee Meeting – January 14, 2015
Thanks to those that made it to our January 14, 2015 Freight & Trade Committee and thank you to CBP for their excellent presentations on vehicle exports and ACE. Please contact JMTX for a copy of the minutes. Thanks to Delaine Hughes for putting them together for the Committee.
CBP Bulletin 2014-JAX-002
CBP Jacksonville has issued Bulletin 2014-JAX-002 announcing that they received no comments in response to Bulletin 2014-JAX-001 in which CIL Forwarding, operator of the Jacksonville Centralized Examination Station, had requested the Port Director’s permission to increase fees. As such, CBP has approved CIL’s proposed rates.
Click here to view the new rates that may be implemented no sooner than July 1, 2014.
Informed Compliance Publication: Tires
In April 2014, CBP published an Informed Compliance Publication (ICP) on the Classification of Tires. The ICP provides guidance to the public on the classification of tires of Chapter 40 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.
The JMTX Freight and Trade Committee
The committee has elected Ms. Sharon Dixon of Dixon, Smith & Associates, Inc. to chair the committee. The committee has agreed to meet on a quarterly basis on the first Wednesday of January, April, July and October. The July meting may be held on the second Wednesday of the month depending on the day July 4th falls. Meeting will usually be scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and will be held at the JAXPORT Central Office Building Boardroom at 2831 Talleyrand Ave.
The Freight and Trade Committee is an available interest group within the JMTX Email Information System.
The success of our port relies on the efficient landside movement of cargos to and from our port facilities. That movement depends on proper cargo documentation and compliance with import/export and other Federal regulations. The critical port stakeholders who manage these freight and trade issues are an integral part of the Marine Transportation System. The JMTX will:
· Sponsor a Freight and Trade Committee to provide an open communication and information sharing forum for Custom Broker and Freight Forwarder stakeholders and regulatory agencies. The Committee will seek efficiencies and improvements in the compliant movement of freight.
Harbor Safety Committee Meeting – Wednesday September 7, 2016
The JMTX Harbor Safety Committee will meet Wednesday, September 7, 2016. Click Here for additional information.
Harbor Safety Committee Meeting – Wednesday March 9, 2016
The JMTX Harbor Safety Committee will meet Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at the FSCJ Urban Resource Center. Manson Construction and Army Corps of Engineers will provide an update on Mile Pt. progress.
St. Johns River Navigation Guidelines Modified
In a letter to the Captain of the Port, the St. Johns Bar Pilot Association modified their Navigation Guidelines as follows:
“Vessels that have called at the port and have proven to have exceptional handling characteristics,
transiting to Trapac or Blount Island Terminals, with a fresh water draft of 34 feet or less, may start in at anytime and any stage of the tide. The same vessels with a fresh water draft of 35 feet or less shall start in no sooner than 30 minutes before flood on the bar. Stop taking in these vessels with a draft of 35 feet or less 30 minutes before start of the ebb on the bar. Modifications or factors affecting any of these vessels’ characteristics shall cause the vessel to notify the Pilot Office at least 24 hours prior to the arrival for reconsideration of start-in time.”
“Outbound vessels that have proven to have exceptional handling characteristics sailing between Talleyrand Terminals and buoy “59” that are over 36 of draft (at their berth) shall sail no sooner than 1.5 hours after the start of flood current on the bar. Vessels sailing from these same berths that are over 32 feet of draft (at their berth), during times of ebb current in Chaseville Turn, will take a tug escort if required by the pilot, depending upon conditions. Cut off time for sailing vessels over 36’ of draft is the beginning of ebb current on the bar.”
The above modifications are based on the Bar Pilot Association’s review of post dredge surveys. These changes eliminate draft restriction on existing liner services for vessels transiting to and from Talleyrand Terminals until they reach drafts over 34 feet (fresh water) inbound and 36 feet outbound.
Manatee Protection Program in Effect
With the arrival of warm weather, the manatees have moved back into the northern stretches of the St. Johns River and are at risk from injury or death from vessel operations. The JMTX cooperative agreement “JMTX Manatee Protection Program” among commercial port stakeholders is currently in effect.
All mariners are cautioned to keep a sharp look out for manatees and report any sightings to other vessels operating in the area. Informational placards specifically developed for commercial vessels are available by contacting Mike Getchell.
Please see the attached manatee sightings map for the most recent snapshot of where manatees are located. Please note that this map is just a snapshot and as the manatee is a mobile animal, it does not reflect where manatees are currently located.
The JMTX Harbor Safety Committee
The JMTX Harbor Safety Committee is chaired by Capt. Mike Getchell.
The Harbor Safety Committee meets Quarterly usually on the second Wednesday of March, June, September, and December.
Currently meetings are conducted at the JAXPORT Port Central Office Building, Public Meeting Room at 2831 Talleyrand Ave, Jacksonville, and start promptly at 1:30 p.m.
For additional information, contact Mike Getchell by email at mgetchell@JMTX.com.