Office of Security

The Office of Security (OS) is one of three Offices that report to the Associate Administrator for Environment and Compliance. The mission of the Office of Security is to promote and contribute to security throughout America’s marine transportation system. The Office of Security provides maritime security data support, maritime warnings, and advisories for U.S.-flag vessels by using information technology. In addition, this office contributes maritime security expertise in interagency working groups, assists in developing best business practices to improve security, conducts demonstration projects in improving maritime security, and contributes to maritime security training. This office plays a crucial interagency role in combating global piracy.

MARAD Advisories

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW MARAD ADVISORIES: Maritime Administration Advisories rapidly disseminate information on maritime danger, safety, and government policy, and other time sensitive matters pertaining to U.S.-flag vessel operations. Maritime Administration Advisories are issued by the Office of Security to vessel masters, ship operators, and other U.S. maritime interests. Advisories are communicated via telex or other message formats, and published on the Maritime Administration’s web site and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Weekly Notice to Mariners.

Training for Use of Force Against Piracy

As required by the Piracy Suppression Act of 2012, the Maritime Administration (MARAD) developed the curriculum on Training for Use of Force Against Piracy.  The curriculum was approved by both the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security and was certified by the Secretary of Transportation on October 21, 2013.  The maritime industry is encouraged to incorporate this curriculum when providing instruction to current and future United States mariners.  Recent history has demonstrated that a properly trained and ready security force is one of the most effective means for commercial vessels to prevent a successful pirate attack.

Click here to view training curriculum, Training for Use of Force Against Piracy.