House, Senate Close to Deal on Port Security

Monday, October 02, 2006
Reuters has reported that House and Senate negotiators have a tentative agreement on legislation to strengthen security at American seaports, a key senator said on Thursday. But the fate of provisions to boost rail and mass transit safety was uncertain, with some lawmakers indicating the measures were out of the bill, and others saying they would fight to keep them in. Lawmakers of both parties were racing to finish the bill dealing with a major election-year issue, national security, before they go home at the end of the week to campaign for November congressional elections.

The tentative deal would authorize $3.4 billion over five years for measures such as installing radiation detectors at the largest U.S. ports, Collins said. Negotiators were expected to get the written text of the tentative port security deal by Friday; if they OK it, it could go to the House and Senate for approval this week. There could still be a fight over whether to include rail and mass transit safety programs. Those provisions -- $1.2 billion for rail safety and $3.5 billion for mass transit safety -- were added to the version of the ports bill the Senate passed earlier this month. They were not in the House bill. The negotiators are trying to forge a compromise.

The heart of the ports bill deals with cargo container security. Only a fraction of the millions of containers that now enter U.S. ports each year are inspected. That has prompted warnings that sea cargo remains a serious security risk, five years after the September 11 attacks. The tentative agreement requires the government to finish installing radiation-screening equipment at 22 major U.S. ports by the end of 2007. It also sets up a pilot program at three foreign ports to test the feasibility of scanning cargo headed for the United States while it is still overseas. Source: Reuters

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter January 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

BAE Systems Awarded £201m to Advance Successor Sub Design

The U.K. Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded BAE Systems £201 million to further the design of a successor to the Royal Navy's Vanguard class submarines.   The

Top 10 Shipowning Nations by Value

VesselsValue has provided a list ranking the top shipowning nations by value, including the percentage change difference against 2015 figures. Although the

Indonesian Navy Orders MAN Engine for Training Ship

MAN Diesel & Turbo has received an order for an MAN 6L21/31 engine to power a newbuilding cadet training sailing ship for the Defence Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia.

 
 
Naval Architecture Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0638 sec (16 req/sec)