Merchant Vessel Inspection Guide
The Technical Support Working Group, with the assistance of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and the U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Law Enforcement Academy, has developed the Merchant Vessel Inspection Guide for use by Navy, Coast Guard, Port Security, Customs and other Federal, State and Local government services organizations which may be involved with inspection of merchant vessels that may pose a terrorist threat. The MVIG is also useful for inspecting vessels for any type of contraband.
The MVIG is a 188 page guide for determining various indicators of suspect hidden Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on a range of vessel types, recognition of typical representative IED types, and has a training section for recognition of explosives and IED types, HAZMAT markings and WMD devices. It is printed on waterproof paper, spiral bound, and suitable for operational use in the maritime environment.
The MVIG is a restricted document available only to Military and Federal, State, and local governments involved in security and counter-terrorism activities. Contractors providing security services to these agencies may also procure the document With the approval of their government sponsor. All orders must first be confirmed by the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) prior to being sent to the Government Printing Office (GPO).
The MVIG is available from the Government Printing Office at a cost of $76 for a package of 5 copies. To order, cite stock number 008-001-00176-2.
To order this document, first send an e-mail request for quantity desired to firstname.lastname@example.org, and include contact name, organization name, address, and telephone number. Security contractors must also provide similar sponsoring government agency information. Confirmation of the order will be approved via e-mail with an approval number. The documents can then be ordered from GPO, accompanied by a copy of the confirmation e-mail and approval number, as follows:
Orders accompanied by the TSWG approval number may be placed via e-mail, fax, and mail. Online: http://bookstore.gpo.gov, E-mail: email@example.com; Phone: Toll free (866) 512-1800, DC Area: (202) 512-1800, Fax: (202) 512-2250 at any time; Mail: send to: Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-0001. All orders require prepayment, either by check, money order, VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover/NOVUS, or GPO Deposit Account.