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Coast Guard: 20 Ships Fail Security Test

The Coast Guard said Friday that 20 foreign-flagged vessels calling on U.S. ports did not meet international security rules that took effect on Thursday. A total of 228 foreign vessels arrived in the United States on Thursday. The Coast Guard did not disclose how many have called on U.S. ports since then. Foreign ships must have a signed certificate from their flag country that says they comply with the new standards aimed at foiling terrorists. The Coast Guard boarded and inspected 123 foreign ships on Thursday to check identification and make sure they met new requirements, such as having working alarm systems. The 20 that failed the security test were denied entry, detained or ordered to leave port. Of those, 12 were smaller vessels that have a history of failing international standards for safety or environmental protection, the Coast Guard said. Full Story

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