Campus: California Maritime Academy -- November 19, 2004
Cal Maritime Partners With Maritime, Defense, And Homeland
Consortium will Focus on Setting Statewide standards for Maritime
Security Education and Training
Officials from The California Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), a campus of The
California State University, and leaders from the state's maritime, defense, and
homeland security organizations met today on the Cal Maritime campus to sign an
agreement to work together to set statewide standards for homeland security
exercises, evaluation, education, and training. Named the Consortium for Maritime
Security Exercises and Training, the group is the first California consortium to
address statewide maritime security standards.
The consortium will serve as a forum to ensure that California ports, harbors, and
other elements of the maritime transportation system - including railroads,
highways, and other facilities and services involved in moving freight to and
from our nation's harbors - are afforded the opportunities to train and exercise
in order to meet domestic preparedness responsibilities in a manner that will set
a national standard for excellence.
Charter members include: Cal Maritime, California Marine and Intermodal Transportation
System Advisory Council (CALMITSAC), California Military Department, Irvine Valley
College, Joint Interagency Training Center-West (JITC-W), Lawrence Livermore
National Laboratory (LLNL), and the US Navy Center for Asymmetric Warfare (CAW).
In addition, the Governor's Office of Homeland Security (OHS) is serving as a member
of the consortium in an advisory role.
"We are pleased to partner with such a distinguished group of maritime, defense,
and homeland security organizations in California on this important issue," said
Bill Eisenhardt, president of Cal Maritime. "As the only degree-granting maritime
academy serving the Pacific Rim, we are committed to making all facets of the
region's maritime transportation system safer. The safety of our graduates and
future graduates depends on it, and we take that very seriously."
The consortium hopes that their work will ultimately be shared with Department of
Homeland Security agencies in other states, setting a national precedence for
cooperation on homeland security issues.
"The collaboration between the consortium partners will serve as an incredible
resource within the fields of homeland security training exercises and education
designed to make our seaports and our maritime industry prepared and secured," said
Norman Fassler-Katz, senior consultant for the Select Committee on California Ports,
who represented CALMITSAC at the signing ceremony. "This is yet another
opportunity for public and private sectors to join other efforts of collaboration
to assist in meeting the challenges facing the movement of goods, which is so
necessary to the vitality of our state."
The mission of the group consists of six primary tenets:
Maritime security-related activities performed by consortium organizations will
include port and harbor exercises, vessel and facility exercises, individual training,
seminars and classes, research, symposia, and working with the federal government
in a variety of maritime security initiatives.
- Encourage cooperation between institutions
- Serve as a forum for information sharing on homeland security issues and
develop a consensus for action
- Promote and facilitate standardized maritime transportation system homeland
security training and exercises
- Encourage and facilitate maritime transportation system homeland security-
related research and development
- Promote, encourage, and deliver appropriate educational courses to improve
domestic preparedness awareness and response
- Cooperate with and support United States Department of Homeland Security in
other states by providing templates and lessons learned
Media Contact: Jennifer Whitty, 707-654-1720