Port & Maritime Security -

Port & Maritime Security

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The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 heightened awareness about the vulnerability to terrorist attack of all modes of transportation. Port security has emerged as a significant part of the overall debate on U.S. homeland security. The U.S. maritime system consists of more than 300 sea and river ports with more than 3,700 cargo and passenger terminals. However, a large fraction of maritime cargo is concentrated at a few major ports. Most ships calling at U.S. ports are foreign owned with foreign crews. Container ships have been the focus of much of the attention on seaport security because they are particularly vulnerable to terrorist infiltration. More than 6 million marine containers enter U.S. ports each year. While the Customs Service analyses cargo information to target specific shipments for closer inspection, it physically inspects only about 2 per cent of the containers. This new book examines the security legislation, which can have significant implications for public safety, the war on terrorism, the U.S. and global economy and federal, state and local homeland security responsibilities.

Product code: 9781590338230

ISBN 9781590338230
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H140xW215
No. Of Pages 96
Publisher Nova Science Publishers Inc
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 heightened awareness about the vulnerability to terrorist attack. This book examines the security legislation, which can have significant implications for public safety, the war on terrorism, the US and global economy and federal, state and local homeland security responsibilities.