The AWO Alternative Security Program, or AWO ASP, was the first
alternative security program to be approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
AWO member companies may use the AWO ASP to satisfy Coast Guard
regulatory requirements for vessel security plans. The program,
which is designated Sensitive Security Information (SSI), is password-protected
and may only be accessed by AWO members.
The AWO ASP was developed by industry experts based on a comprehensive
assessment of industry security vulnerabilities. The program includes
requirements for Company and Vessel Security Officers to oversee
security compliance on a corporate and vessel basis, and includes
specific provisions regarding:
- Personnel training;
- Security drills and exercises;
- Security recordkeeping and the protection of Sensitive Security
- Responding to changes in the prevailing Coast Guard-established
Maritime Security (MARSEC) Level;
- Procedures for interfacing with facilities and other vessels;
- Declaration of Security (DOS) requirements;
- Security systems and equipment maintenance;
- Security measures for access control;
- Security measures for restricted areas;
- Security measures for cargo handling;
- Security measures for delivery of vessel stores and fuel;
- Security measures for monitoring;
- Security incident procedures;
- Security procedures for vessels temporarily out of service;
- Security measures for dry cargo barges that carry ammonium nitrate.
The AWO ASP also requires annual audits to ensure continuing compliance
with the plan requirements.
In September 2005, the Coast Guard approved the first set of revisions
to the AWO ASP. All AWO members using the program were required
to comply with the AWO ASP amendments by December 22, 2005.
In late 2008 and early 2009, AWO updated the AWO ASP to include the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) requirements in advance of the April 15, 2009 compliance date for mariners. The Coast Guard approved the revised plan on March 31, 2009, and it was distributed to members in early April 2009.