HONG KONG – Rear Admiral Vince Atkins, U.S. Coast Guard’s 14th District commander, led an International Port Security team to Hong Kong May 23-25, as part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s ongoing cooperation with Hong Kong counterparts.
In Hong Kong, Rear Adm. Atkins met with officials in Hong Kong’s port authorities, shipping industry, and law enforcement agencies.
“We truly appreciate the government of Hong Kong extending an invitation to the U.S. to discuss port security measures,” said Rear Adm. Atkins. “The Coast Guard’s International Port Security mission is vitally important toward protecting our borders, better securing global maritime shipping and ensuring sustainable, robust economies worldwide.”
In 2003, the U.S. Coast Guard developed the International Port Security Program to reinforce the implementation of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code. The program seeks to reduce risk to the global maritime transportation system and facilitate secure trade.
In the Asia-Pacific region, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Activities Far East unit coordinates with over 40 countries to execute these bilateral engagements. The U.S. Coast Guard is committed to promoting and facilitating safe and secure maritime trade.