Posts Tagged ‘Port Security’

U.S. GAO report: ‘DHS Progress and Challenges in Key Areas of Port Security’

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Ports, waterways, and vessels handle more than $700 billion in merchandise annually. An attack on this system could have a widespread impact on global trade and the economy. Within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), component agencies have responsibility for securing the maritime environment. The U.S. GAO report titled ‘DHS Progress and Challenges in Key Areas of Port Security’(July 21, 2010) discusses DHS and its component agencies’ progress, and challenges regarding port security. Of particular interest is the work to establish a program to scan U.S.-bound cargo containers.

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Why cargo container security is critical world wide

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On November 3, 2009 the Israeli Navy detained and boarded the “Francop” cargo ship at sea, 100 miles west of Israel. A search, conducted in accordance with international law protocols, found thirty six shipping containers with 500 tons of weaponry disguised as civilian cargo, hidden among hundreds of containers. After it became clear that the vessel carried weapons, the Israelis directed the vessel to dock at their Ashdod Naval base for a detailed cargo inspection. The ship’s captain agreed to the search, which was conducted without any force.

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