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Shipping registry deploys biometric ID card for seafarers

The Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry (LISCR), which represents approximately 2,000 cargo and luxury cruise vessels and as many as 500,000 seafarers, is deploying biometric identity cards for seafarers to help prevent identity fraud. Although there are no industry standards or requirements for verifying the identity of ships’ crew members around the globe, the LISCR decided to move ahead with demonstrating the benefits of biometrics for identity verification, said Scott Bergeron, chief operating officer for maritime services at the Vienna, Va.-based registry. Bergeron said LISCR, the second-largest shipping registry in the world, wanted to help fight terrorism by using the new biometric cards to improve the seafarer identification process. Law enforcement agencies have raised questions about whether paper IDs could be forged by terrorists and used to slip into the U.S. Full Story

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