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Port State Control Division (CG-CVC-2)

Coast Guard Recognized Security Organization (RSO) Targeting Guidelines

A Recognized Security Organization (RSO) is an organization with appropriate expertise in security matters and with appropriate knowledge of ship and port operations authorized to carry out an assessment, or a verification, or an approval or a certification activity, required by Chapter XI-2 or by part A of the ISPS Code. The Coast Guard reviews every major control action involving an ISPS-related detention, expulsion, of denial of entry and determines whether the actions or inaction of the RSO contributed to the control action. If so, the Coast Guard attributes the control action to the RSO.

RSOs will be targeted based on their total number of related major control actions accumulated during the previous 12-month period as determined by CG-CVC-2. The list of targeted RSO's (see below) will be updated and posted on a monthly basis. Questions or concerns related to this process and/or the list of RSOs below can be directed to CG-CVC-2 at


Currently Targeted Recognized Security Organizations

N/A - None at this time