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Greece to join CSI

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said that the Hellenic Republic has signed declaration of principles to participate in the Container Security Initiative (CSI). Greece thus becomes the 18th nation to join this cooperative maritime security program, which is now operational in 19 seaports worldwide. (HK Law).

Korea to Join Customs Container Security Initiative

U.S. Customs Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and Yong-Sup Lee, Commissioner of the Customs Service of the Republic of Korea, today announced that the government of the Republic of Korea has agreed to participate in the U.S. Customs Container Security Initiative (CSI). Commissioner Lee and Deputy U.S. Customs Commissioner Douglas M. Browning conducted the signing ceremony on Friday, January 17, in Seoul. CSI is a U.S. Customs initiative designed to prevent the smuggling of terrorists or

South Africa implements CSI

The U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection issued a Press Release stating that the Container Security Initiative (CSI) has become operational in the port of Durban, South Africa. Durban becomes the 17th CSI port worldwide and the first in Africa. Source: HK Law

CSI Operational in Naples

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stated that the Container Security Initiative (CSI) has become operational in the Port of Naples, Italy. CBP personnel are working with their Italian counterparts to identify shipping containers in the Port of Naples that need additional scrutiny before being loaded on ships bound for the United States.

Sweden Joins CSI

Customs Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and Kjell Jansson, Director General of the Swedish Customs Service, today announced that the government of Sweden has agreed to participate in the U.S. Customs Container Security Initiative (CSI). CSI is a U.S. Customs initiative designed to prevent the smuggling of terrorist weapons in ocean-going cargo containers. Under terms of the declaration announced today, U.S. Customs officers will be stationed at the port of Göteborg (Gothenburg)

CSI Achieves Major Milestone: 20 Ports In

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Robert C. Bonner and Vassilios Manolopoulos, Director General, of the Greek Directorate General of Customs and Excise announced that CBP officers have been deployed to the port of Piraeus as part of the Container Security Initiative (CSI) and that CSI has become operational there. As part of the CSI program, CBP officers are working with host government personnel as part of CSI

VideoRay Sends MicroROVs to Taiwan Coast Guard

VideoRay LLC has shipped 30 of its MicroROV units and four Lighted Auxiliary Zoom Inspection Camera (LAZIC) unites as part of a $500,000+ order from the Taiwan Coast Guard. The VideoRays will reportedly be used for hull inspections and other underwater investigations to support Homeland Security initiatives. The systems purchased have a depth rating of 500 ft., 500 ft. of tether, a Tether Deployment System portable reel, two video cameras

Global Supply Chain Security

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In this timely work, James Giermanski describes the advent and subsequent development of security operations in the global supply chain, outlining the respective contributions of governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders to this worldwide concern.   Global Supply Chain Security explores the potential impact of port-related catastrophic events in the United States and their effects worldwide, concentrating, in particular

Customs Proposes New Cargo Rules

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published on January 2, 2008 a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) requiring importers and carriers to electronically submit additional information on cargo before it is brought into the United States by vessel. The Security Filing, also known as “10+2,” is another step in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) strategy to better assess and identify high-risk shipments to prevent terrorist weapons and materials from entering the United States.

General Defense Systems Launches SCIS

General Defense Systems, Inc. has introduced its Shipping Container Inspection System (SCIS), an advanced chemical, biological and radioactive inspection system for shipping containers, designed as a key component of a comprehensive plan to intensify current security measures at U.S. ports. "Without impeding the movement of containers, our SCIS system enables inspection of up to 100% of the shipping containers moving through U.S

Port of Long Beach Awarded FEMA Security Grants

Security at Port of Long Beach

The Port of Long Beach’s Security Division has been awarded $3.4 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to fund ongoing projects that protect the port. The grants will enhance port security systems such as physical security equipment and monitoring and detection

Malaysia Playing It Safe with South China Sea

ASEAN - Republic of Korea Commorative Summit (Pic: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia)

 Malaysia, as the Asean Chairman, will push forward the drafting of a code of conduct (CoC) with China to settle the territorial maritime dispute in South China Sea.   Deputy Foreign Minister Datuk Hamzah Zainuddin said this was in line with the nation's position as chairman of Asean

Cutlass Express 2015 Commences

Indian Ocean nations and several international organizations gather for the beginning of the fourth iteration of the multinational maritime Exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 28, 2015.

  Maritime forces from East Africa, South Africa, Europe, Indian Ocean nations, the United States and several international organizations began the fourth iteration of the multinational maritime Exercise Cutlass Express, Jan. 28, 2015.

British Security Initiative Targets Marine Theft

(L) Howard Pridding, Chief Executive, British Marine Federation and (R) Kevin Howells, Managing Director of Datatag (Photo courtesy: British Marine Federation)

The British Marine Federation has partnered with security experts Datatag to help owners avoid theft of marine outboards. At the CWM FX London Boat Show today, the two organizations announced a new security initiative called COMPASS; the Combined Official Marine Property and Security System as

Gulf of Guinea Antipiracy Guidelines Updated

The Round Table of international shipping industry associations has released an updated version of ‘Guidelines for Owners, Operators and Masters for Protection Against Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea Region.’ The Guidelines have been jointly developed by BIMCO, ICS

Mariner Group Wins GSN Award

The Mariner Group announced it has been recognized again by Government Security News (GSN) as the Most Notable Seaport Security Solution in this year’s Airport, Seaport, & Border Security Awards Program. The awards program covers security initiatives completed within the past 12 months

Ocean Carriers and NVOCCs Select Descartes


Descartes Systems Group announced that ocean carriers and nonvessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs) have selected Descartes' Japan Ocean Advanced Filing Rule (AFR) solution to help them comply with Japan's new advanced cargo security initiative, which takes effect March 10, 2014.  

White House Releases National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan

Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on the National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan emphasizes the importance of maritime security in the global supply chain. Hayden said recently in a prepard statement, "The White House has released the National Maritime Domain Awareness Plan

Are our Ports Safe?

Joan Bondareff

A Hodgepodge of Maritime Security Laws Come into Question Two recent reports have raised alarms about the security of our ports and the cargo that enters them by containers every day. The top North American container ports handle more than 35 million containers per year bringing vital goods to U.S

Valuable Maritime Services Contract Continuation for CDI

CDI Corp. gets a new U.S. Navy SEAPORT task order to continue to provide watercraft engineering & marine services for the Naval Surface Warfare Center. The watercraft engineering and marine services contract is for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division

MARAD Steps Up

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The U.S. Maritime Administration & Maritime Security Initiatives The paradigm for global transportation security underwent a dramatic shift in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. In the years that followed, industry and government worked together to add layers of security

Westports (Malaysia) Designated a 'Safe & Secure Port'

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recognizes Westports for its security measures in the loading US-bound containerized maritime cargo. After the 9/11 attacks the United States instituted various initiatives to increase the layers of security, improve monitoring at points of entry

Modus Link Gains Logistic Supply Chain Security Accreditation

U.S. based ModusLink certified for stringent supply chain security standards for customs procedures & logistic trade-related initiatives. Certified Authorized Economic Operator and C-TPAT status has been granted for ModusLink’s U.S. and EMEA-based Solution Centers.

10 Years After 9/11, Security Still a Top Priority of U.S. Ports

AAPA Concerned Federal Budget Cuts May Impact Port Security Progress. Port and industry leaders from throughout the Western Hemisphere will pause on Sunday, Sept. 11, as part of the 100th Annual Convention of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) in Seattle (Sept

Bersin Appointed CBP Commissioner

President Obama has appointed Alan Bersin Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Commissioner Bersin oversees the operations of CBP’s 57,000-employee work force and manages an operating budget of more than $11b. CBP’s mission is to protect the nation’s borders

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