Area Maritime Security Committee

Committee Background

The Port of Hueneme’s local AMSC (Area Maritime Security Committee) is part of the Central California Area Maritime Security Committee which reports on security topics including risks, mitigation strategies and methods, critical port infrastructure projects, port security grants and training and exercises.

This also provides a platform to disseminate security related information to port stakeholders.

Law enforcement officers, including FBI agents and a sheriff, boarding a boat in a line on a sunny day to attend an Area Maritime Security Committee meeting.

Port Security Stakeholders Include:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Joint Regional Intelligence Center
  • Naval Base Ventura County
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Services
  • Navy Region Southwest
  • U.S. Coast Guard
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • California Emergency Management
  • Oxnard Fire Department
  • Oxnard Police Department
  • Ventura County Fire Department
  • Ventura County Sheriff’s Department
  • Port Hueneme Police Department
  • City of Port Hueneme
  • Industry

A community based resiliency program supported by all the regional stakeholders that work together for the safety of the region and the Port’s maritime domain.

Local AMSC Meetings

Check back for upcoming meetings.

Contact Mike Morrison for more information.

Port Of Hueneme Area Maritime Security Committee

The Port’s Area Maritime Security Committee acts as the cornerstones in bolstering the lines of defense of our Nation’s ports. The importance cannot be over emphasized. Collaborative planning, coordination, open lines of communication, working relationships and unity of effort with other ports are essential to providing layered security and effective measures across all segments of the Maritime Transportation System (MTS)

AMSC History

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, substantially changed the risk profile of the Nation’s ports, waterways, coastal areas, Maritime Transportation System (MTS), and Maritime Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CI/KR). The Coast Guard responded by re‐evaluating and strengthening its abilities to protect these assets from possible terrorist attack. On November 25, 2002, the President signed into effect the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA). The AMSCs were established under this Act, to provide a link for contingency planning, development, review, and update of Area Maritime Security Plans (AMSP), and to enhance communication between port stakeholders within federal, state and local agencies, and industry to address maritime security issues.

Aerial view of an industrial port area with cargo ships docked, cranes, shipping containers, and warehouses, all overseen by rigorous maritime security measures, set against a backdrop of coastline and mountains.

AMSC Responsibilities

The AMS Committee’s responsibilities include:

  • Identify critical port infrastructure and operations.
  • Identify risks.
  • Determine mitigation strategies and implementation methods.
  • Develop and describe the process to continually evaluate overall port security.
  • Provide advice to, and assist the COTP in, developing the AMS Plan.
  • Serve as a link for communicating threats and changes in Maritime Security (MARSEC) Levels, and disseminating appropriate security information to port stakeholders.

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