Kurt J. Nagle, President & CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities

DomPrep’s John F. Morton met with Kurt J. Nagle, President & CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities. Pointing to the recently released AAPA manual on port security best practices and lessons learned, Mr. Nagle gives his association’s view on what is needed to meet Coast Guard/MTSA requirements and presents the reasons both for expanding port eligibility for Port Security Grant funding and finalizing a uniform standard for the Transportation Workersentity Card.

DomPrep.com divided the 22 minute, 04 seconds interview into three segments.

Listen to Audio Segment One Port Security Funding

The shared responsibility for port security – with federal agencies primarily providing security for vessels and cargo security, and ports providing security for their facilities. The need for additional federal funding being provided to public ports – for salaries for overtime and additional security personnel, operation and maintenance and capital investment for surveillance equipment, gate-access controls,entification systems, etc., to meet Coast Guard requirements. Also, the AAPA view on port eligibility for Port Security Grant funding.

The examples provided by the ports of Galveston (Texas) and Everett (Wash.).

Duration : 10 Minutes 32 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Two Operational Issues

The immediate need for a uniform standard for the Transportation Workersentity Card. Port input to the Presidential Directive on Maritime Security Policy with regard to planning for port closures/re-openings.

The AAPA Port Security Manual on best practices and lessons learned. For more information about the AAPA Port Security Manual, please contact Rex Sherman at (703) 684-5700, rsherman@aapa-ports.org

AAPA’s Security Management System, derived from its environmental management assistance project. Implementation at the Port of Houston. For more information about the AAPA Security Management System (SMS) or to participate in the SMS assistance project, please contact Meredith Martino at (703) 684-5700, mmartino@aapa-ports.org

AAPA support of the Port Security Training Exercises Program (PortSTEP).

Duration : 5 Minutes 40 Seconds

Listen to Audio Segment Three The Port Perspective on Cargo Security Policy

Full stakeholder engagement in DHS (Department of Homeland Security) cargo security policy development. The port authority position that high-risk cargo needs to beentified at its point of origin. AAPA support for the Customs Trade Partners Against Terrorism (CTPAT) initiative, Operation Safe Commerce (OSC), through which low-technology security solutions are showing value, and the Container Security Initiative (CSI), because of which non-U.S. ports in the Western Hemisphere are now eager to become CSI members.

Duration : 6 Minutes 12 Seconds

Kurt J. Nagle is President of the American Association of Port Authorities. Mr. Nagle joined AAPA in 1985 as Director of Membership Services and was promoted in 1987 to Vice President of Membership Services and Administration and in 1989 to Senior Vice President. He was named President in September 1995.

Prior to joining AAPA, Mr. Nagle served as Director of International Trade for the National Coal Association and as Assistant Secretary of the Coal Exporters Association. Previously, he worked in the Office of International Economic Research at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Mr. Nagle serves as a Commissioner to the U.S. Section of the Permanent International Association of Navigation Congresses (PIANC) and is a member of the National Executive Committee of the Propeller Club of the United States.

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