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Rules Aim to Make Ports More Secure

Facility officials worry about paying for the changes requiring emergency drills, screening and more to minimize terror risk. Thousands of ships and port facilities across the country will tighten security against potential terrorist attacks under regulations issued Tuesday by the Department of Homeland Security. The regulations, which will become final later this year, require that more than 5,000 port facilities and 10,000 vessels assess their potential vulnerability and develop plans to plug security holes, including establishing baggage, cargo and passenger screening similar to that at airports. In addition, vessels and port facilities must participate in annual emergency drills and designate security officials. Some domestic ships will be outfitted with an Automatic Identification System, a transponder that electronically transmits detailed information about a ship to other ships or to shore. Full Story

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