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Few Ports Seen Complying with New Anti-Terror Laws

Very few ports around the world have complied with tough new anti-terror laws due to take effect on July 1, an expert working for the International Maritime Organization (IMO) warned on Monday. Frank Wall, a consultant with the United Nations maritime body, told a security seminar the majority of some 55,000 ships operating worldwide are on their way to complying with the IMO security measures. But only 34 of an estimated 15,000 ports worldwide have approved security plans, he said. The rules, known as the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, are required for all ports, oil and gas terminals and merchant ships that engage in international trade. Full Story

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