Office of Port & Facility Compliance

CG-FAC-2 Facilities

The Coast Guard inspects TWIC cards routinely during facility inspections.


The facility inspection program aims to prevent maritime transportation security incidents and marine casualties resulting from malicious acts, accidents or acts of nature against waterfront facilities.  The program aims to protect the public, protect critical infrastructure and minimize damage to the environment while limiting disruption to and supporting restoration of the Maritime Transportation System (MTS). The program accomplishes this by:

  • Developing and enforcing federal marine safety, security and environmental regulations;

  • Reviewing facility security plans, facility response plans and operations manuals;

  • Conducting facility inspections for security, safety and environmental protection;

  • Inspecting containers that are used in trade involving oil and hazardous substances;

  • Issuing certificates of adequacy to facilities meeting standards for the receipt of shipboard waste;

  • Supervising the loading and unloading of explosive materials; and

  • Conducting training and outreach to federal, state, local and industry personnel.

MTSA Course Certification:

MTSA course providers should submit courses for review & approval directly to Coast Guard National Maritime Center. 

Reference :


Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Port and Facility Compliance (CG-FAC) has developed a training presentation designed to provide maritime industry and Coast Guard personnel new to the maritime community an introduction to the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS).  Additionally, the presentation provides basic information on the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), America's Waterways Watch program and suspicious activity reporting procedures.

MTSA/ISPS Training Presentation

Contacts :

Facility security - (202) 372-1114
Facility safety and environmental protection - (202) 372-1130