The nation’s seaports are ready to meet the July 1 deadline for international maritime security standards, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said Monday. Under the new guidelines, outlined in the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code, officials would be allowed to verify the security of ships before they enter port and deny access to vessels that are not in compliance, Ridge said. “For the first time ever, through an international effort, there will be one world standard for ship and port security,” Ridge said Monday. New domestic security programs, outlined under the Maritime Transportation Securities Act of 2002, have additional requirements for ports and shipping companies across the country, also with a July 1 deadline. Full Story
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