The Maritime Security Program of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), identifies and provides Member States with technical assistance and training to help them meet the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and other international standards for port security. CICTE's objectives are to strengthen counter-terrorism and law enforcement capabilities within the port facilities and enhance coordination among the relevant government authorities responsible for maritime security.
In February 2007, CICTE formed the Port Security Assistance Partnership (PSAP) with the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD), the Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP), the governments of Canada (Transport Canada), the United States (INL and US Coast Guard). The PSAP expanded the traditional CICTE Port Security Program, focused on Port Assessment Needs and Follow-on Training, to include two new projects: Crisis Management Exercises and Best Practices Workshops. The success of the first two phases of the PSAP has led Canada to channel the majority of its port security assistance to the Hemisphere through CICTE’s Maritime Security Program. This model partnership has allowed for the leveraging of INL, WHA, and Canadian financial and technical resources, and has tripled port security activities – and impact – in the Hemisphere.
PSAP III (started in May of 2010) continues with several of the successful projects implemented under PSAP I and II, and includes several new projects designed in consultation with Transport Canada and the United States Coast Guard, to complement and build on activities carried out since 2007. The Program is composed of three sub-programs: