TALL SHIPS AMERICA Security Coordination
Pearsco is the security planner and coordinator for Tall Ships America® and its landmark Tall Ships Challenge® Series. The Tall Ships Challenge® Series is an event that occurs in various parts of the country alternating every three years. The Series is held in the Gulf Coast, Pacific Coast, Atlantic, and Great Lakes. The Series attracts, on average, 10,000-150,000 to one single event. Studies show that economic impact to select host cities exceed $5 million. The Series it designated by the US Coast Guard as a Marine Event of National Significance (MENS). The MENS designation requires a series of steps to be taken by the organizer, Tall Ships America®, in order to receive their permit to operate. The most significant step is the MENS security plan. Pearsco personnel serve as the lead planner on security; incident commander during the event; and facilitates the process after the event has concluded to develop the After Action Report. Our involvement expands to include Federal, State, and local law enforcement, emergency response, and private sector organizations whose operations are affected or are providing resources to support the event. This approach creates a Unified Command that has proven successful in supporting this type of joint landside/waterside largescale event.
Pearsco also supports Tall Ships America® member vessels with helping their crews and staff meet security compliance issues when visiting foreign countries. These resources help US flagged vessels address distinct issues raised in a foreign maritime environment.
US Coast Guard Facility Security Officer (FSO) training and certification
Pearsco provides individuals the required training and certification as identified in the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) to become FSO at a Part 105 regulated facility. Our training can be conducted onsite at the client’s location or at our facility in Pittsburgh, PA. The Pearsco FSO training package also includes a onetime audit of the existing Facility Security Plan and ongoing consultation, as needed, on maritime security questions and concerns that arise from time to time.
Facility Security Plan (FSP) Development and Audit
Pearsco provides regulated Part 105 Facilities and FSOs FSP development, review, and third party auditing. A complete and detailed approach meets the necessary criteria to maintain an approved Facility Security Plan required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act.
Pearsco also provides security plan development to non-regulated waterfront facilities such as Public Access Facilities, as identified by MTSA. Waterfront facilities that do not fall under regulatory authority still must make every effort to mitigate their risk and exposure.
Maritime Law Enforcement Stakeholder Exercises and Drills
The key to addressing vulnerabilities and threats on the water is readiness. Pearsco provides force on force exercise/drill development and management to law enforcement & emergency response agencies as well as commercial and recreational vessel operators. Our past performance includes working with Federal, State, and Local SWAT with developing and directing full-scale exercises that included force on force simunition weapons. We believe this type of training provides a realistic approach when preparing for maritime active threats.
Our complete exercise program for maritime law enforcement and emergency response agencies include role players who are trained and organized, exercise design, oversight and control, and drafting the after-action report to address lessons learned and what worked well. The exercises can test procedures, policies, and execution as needed and requested by the agencies.
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