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Comprehensive Resources to Support the Growing and Evolving Needs of Ports Worldwide

Witt O’Brien’s is a global leader in all hazards risk management and emergency preparedness in the port sector. Witt O’Brien’s provides counsel and services to port executives, private terminal operators, facility and vessel owners, elected officials, and public agency representatives on all aspects of risk management, from port security and hazard mitigation, to compliance-based facility and vessel environmental protection and emergency response plans. Our in-house capabilities, technical solutions, and vast network of subject matter experts work effectively with our clients to align organizational goals for risk management, with the operational requirements and budgetary realities of the maritime industry.


ePlanPro® provides a comprehensive and quality controlled option to today’s complex planning and recordkeeping requirements. Designed by the industry’s most respected preparedness, compliance, and response professionals, and built by our dedicated staff of exclusive experienced developers, this software combines decades of experience using the latest technology to provide this state-of-the-art solution.

With Witt O’Brien’s behind you, your organization does more than plan. You will have accurate and dependable plans in place, in addition to a team that will be available and stand with you when you need help the most. We offer comprehensive health, safety, environmental, and security (HSES) regulatory consulting; planning; and program management services that are user friendly, cost effective, and easy to update.

Witt O’Brien’s believes an effective cybersecurity strategy is key to the implementation of port wide risk management programs. Our risk-based approach to cyber security and network preparedness focuses on evaluating our client’s current level of cybersecurity, setting goals for cybersecurity that are in sync with their business and operating environment and establishing policies and procedures for improving and maintaining the effectiveness of their cybersecurity programs.

Witt O'Brien's regulatory compliance experts provide comprehensive health, safety, environmental and security (HSES) regulatory consulting, planning and program management services. These services range from on-call consulting to full-scale program development and implementation. Each of these programs is recognized for being user-friendly, cost effective and easy to update.

Since the beginning of MTSA and ISPS Witt O’Brien’s has been providing consulting services to clients throughout the world. Our consultants have conducted hundreds of Facility Security Assessments (FSA), developed hundreds of Facility Security Plans (FSP), delivered over a 1,000 facility security audits, trained thousands of Facility Security Officers (FSO) and facilitated drills and exercises for some of the world’s largest MTSA regulated facilities and vessel owners/operators.

Witt O’Brien’s has a long track record of designing and delivering exercises to our port clients. The preparedness planning and response professionals at Witt O’Brien’s work with our clients to develop exercise programs that build capacity and meet regulatory requirements associated with the maritime transportation security act (MTSA), International Ship and Port Security (ISPS) Code and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90).

Since 2007 Witt O’Brien’s has been providing port wide strategic risk management plans and related services to some of the largest port areas in the United States. Witt O’Brien’s continues to work with port authorities, area maritime security committees (AMSC) and the USCG to conduct all hazards risk assessments, establish current risk profiles, develop comprehensive risk management plans and ultimately recommend and support in the implementation of strategies for effective risk mitigation within the maritime domain.

The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) is an excellent tool provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Preparedness (non disaster) grant program. Since 2006 Witt O’Brien’s has been working with port authorities, private maritime facility owners and regional law enforcement/public safety agencies to obtain and manage over $20 million in PSGP-funded projects.

We understand resilience as the ultimate measure of an organization and community’s strength. Witt O’Brien’s is uniquely capable of instilling within Port Areas the tools necessary for improving regional resiliency.

Serving vessels and facilities regulated under the International Ships and Ports Security Code (ISPS), the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA), the Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS), and the Department of Transportation HAZMAT security regulations, Witt O’Brien’s Security Services provides clients with the confidence that their security management programs will meet the regulatory requirements of governments worldwide.

Witt O’Brien’s separates itself from the competition because all of our trainers are also responders. We add real-world experiences to the academic learning environment. Our trainers include former agency emergency managers, chemical engineers, college educators, firefighters, law enforcement, public information specialists, public sector emergency managers, regulatory responders, scientific support specialists, and search and rescue specialists.

Witt O’Brien’s has extensive experience in the development and submittal of WSAs for clients operating along the Gulf Coast, Mississippi River and Caribbean. Our consultants have provided WSA related services to some of the worlds largest energy companies, and for each Witt O’Brien’s has successfully worked with company representatives and the USCG to develop risk mitigation strategies that balance the need for safety/security with the efficiencies required to facilitate commerce.


CommandPro® was developed by the world’s most experienced and knowledgeable emergency preparedness teams. The software is most noted for its universal access and complete integration. This affords organizations the ability to respond faster and with greater resource control.

On a daily basis, emergency incidents and planned activities are continuous and ongoing. Maintaining situational awareness of events and activities can be challenging and time consuming. Witt O’Brien’s Common Operating Platform (COP) enables current situational awareness with access to information and real-time data through the medium of a dynamic map for use by emergency management personnel and other authorized officials. If an incident evolves into an extended emergency, Witt O’Brien’s COP scales and provides a complete Incident Command System (ICS) module with all of the appropriate ICS forms and maps to develop a standard Incident Action Plan (IAP).


PIERPro offers a secure, enterprise-wide cloud-based communications platform which provides flexible solutions for handling internal and external communications, making it easier to deliver messages, streamline processes, automate tasks, and prevent inaccuracies during routine events, minor incidents, and major catastrophes.