Advantages / Highlights
Advantages & Highlights of the PortStar Program
PortStar is the nation's only comprehensive seaport security curriculum with flexible delivery options and online training management.
The program allows for centralized and immediate updates to content, based on changing regulations and guidance, best practices, emerging threats, and feedback from the field.
PortStar was developed with a $6.2 million Department of Homeland Security grant in partnership with Florida State University.
Over 35 marine facilities and first responder agencies participated in the beta test and pilot phase.
PortStar meets or exceeds all Federal regulatory requirements insuring compliance with the 33 CFR's. It also fulfills U.S. Coast Guard and MARAD requirements.
The PortStar program allows for 530 various lessons, providing Ports and facilities the flexibility to configure training programs that fit their unique needs.
Very importantly, the PortStar program allows for the ability of the trainee to take courses on his or her own time so as not to interfere with one's job or disrupt the flow of commerce.
All training records are tracked and maintained in a central database for National portability. Streamlined reporting for USCG inspections.
A secure online application for tracking all port and facility training events. Planning tools for courses so training managers can produce a detailed training strategy.
PortStar is available in two (2) different training methods: The online Web-based training (WBT) format and our Instructor-led training (ILT) format. The NMLEA is the I.L.T. Manager for the PortStar System.
Very Cost Effective!! Cost savings of the PortStar approach are significant, due in part to the WBT training format. In addition, with their 10 year history as a non-profit entity, the NMLEA is able to control their costs and keep their expenses low. As a result, we are able to pass those savings on to our student clients.
Persuant to the Safe Port Act of 2006, DHS is required to allocate $400,000,000 to Port Authorities, facility operators and State & Local government agencies to enhance port security. The DHS places a high priority on training and restricts those grant monies to MARAD / Coast Guard approved curricula and instructors... minimum requirements that the PortStar System meets and exceeds.
The NMLEA will assist those qualifying entities in applying for the DHS grant to help with the funding of your PortStar training and ultimately become compliant with the Federal requirements.