Top maritime, federal and state government officials have been invited to attend a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Small Vessel Security Summit in June.
The DHS said that during the two-day invitation-only event, participants will discuss ideas for improving security for vessels not covered by the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.
"We want to hear ideas from the people who regularly use our ports and waterways to determine how we can better structure new safety and security regimes that will have a minimal impact on those who rely on our waterways for their livelihood, as well as recreation," Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen said.
"We've done a great deal in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks to secure our ports from potential threats posed by commercial ships, but we know very little about the 77 million U.S. boaters or the 13 million recreational vessels that ply U.S. waters."
Landing the Big One
Friday, May 04, 2007
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