WHO: Hosted by the Department of Homeland Security, co-hosted by Eighth Coast Guard District
WHAT: The summit scope is to focus the Gulf Coast region’s maritime stakeholders on a range of discussions and concerns involving small vessel security risk in the Gulf Coast maritime domain.
Security risks for small vessels include:
Use of small vessels to smuggle weapons (including, but not limited to, Weapons of Mass Destruction/Effect).
The objectives of the DHS Gulf Coast Small Vessel Security Summit are to focus the broad stakeholder community on a range of issues and to launch continuing interactions regarding management of small vessel security risk in the U.S. maritime domain. The objectives of the meeting are:
Provide a regional forum for small vessel stakeholders to discuss and present their ideas on the development of security measures to mitigate gaps in small vessel management and control in the maritime domain with local federal leadership and coordinators.
Communicate with regional small vessel stakeholders on the actions being taken within the region to coordinate a layered security system at the federal, state, tribal, and local government levels, as well as within the regional maritime industry and public.
WHERE: Hilton Hobby Hotel, Houston