Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Port of Los Angeles Tightens Security and so do others

LA's port increases security, as set out here:
he port of Los Angeles in southern California is tightening its ship emission policy and boosting maritime security, the port's executive director said in an interview on Tuesday.

Amid concerns about securing the U.S. borders and preventing potential terror attacks at strategic facilities, the port has doubled its police force to 200 and increased surveillance of ships with the help of more cameras and patrol boats.

"We are increasing our physical presence in the port," Dr. Geraldine Knatz said. "We are installing a new screening system at the cruise passenger terminal this year."
The Port of LA is not alone in improving maritime security, as indicated here in a piece on the Arabian Gulf states:
Maritime security is extremely important and the fact that the regional states have taken a constructive step in discussing the situation and setting up mechanism with a jointly-drawn strategy is very encouraging, for “it cannot be achieved by one country alone,” a senior official of the International Organisation (IMO) stressed here.

Speaking to Khaleej Times, Chris Trelawny, who represented the IMO Secretary-General, Efthimios Mitropoulos, to the first-of-its-kind Regional Seminar on Maritime Security in the Arabian Gulf, highlighted that “maritime security is a complex exercise as it encompasses a number of things such as prevention pollution, protection of the marine environment, countering piracy, terrorism, armed robberies against ships, drugs and weapons smuggling, illegal migration as well as human trafficking.”
“Common sense tells us that we cannot achieve security in isolation. If, despite our own best efforts in our own territories, our neighbours, albeit advertently, provide a haven for those who would wish to do us harm, then no one can claim to be genuinely secure...”

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