Routine boarding in the St. Lawrence Seaway



A boarding team comprised of Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., Marine Safety Detachment Massena, N.Y., and Station Alexandria Bay, N.Y., prepares to embark a vessel in the St. Lawrence Seaway to conduct a routine security boarding prior to its entry in the Great Lakes. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A boarding team comprised of Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., Marine Safety Detachment Massena, N.Y., and Station Alexandria Bay, N.Y., prepares to embark a vessel in the St. Lawrence Seaway Aug. 12, 2011 to conduct a routine security boarding prior to its entry into the Great Lakes. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Coast Guardsmen in the 9th District are known for their proficiency in all matters of search and rescue, ice breaking, and servicing and maintaining maritime aids to navigation.

Members of the public may not be as familiar with the role that those same crewmembers play in our Ports, Waterways and Coastal Security mission.

On Aug. 12, 2011, a boarding team comprised of Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, N.Y., Marine Safety Detachment Massena, N.Y., and Station Alexandria Bay, N.Y., conducted a routine security boarding of a motor vessel transiting the St. Lawrence Seaway before it entered the Great Lakes.

“This successful boarding represents a continuum of standardized training and mission integration throughout Sector Buffalo and the 9th Coast Guard District that enables us to meet our standing maritime safety and security mission,” said Capt. Steve Wischmann, commander of Sector Buffalo.

The PWCS mission entails the protection of the U.S. Maritime Domain and the U.S. Marine Transportation System and those who live, work or recreate near them; the prevention and disruption of terrorist attacks, sabotage, espionage, or subversive acts; and response to and recovery from those that do occur. Conducting PWCS deters terrorists from using or exploiting the transportation system as a means for attacks on U.S. territory, population centers, vessels, critical infrastructure, and key resources.

“Our team approach and close work with partner agencies, such as the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and Canadian counterparts, provides for a successful mission framework,” said Lt. Nate johnson, chief of enforcement at Sector Buffalo.

PWCS includes the employment of: awareness activities; counterterrorism, antiterrorism, preparedness and response operations; and the establishment and oversight of a maritime security regime. PWCS also includes the national defense role of protecting military outload operations.

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