Coast Guard, FBI and State Patrol Protect Washington Ferries

Monday, April 24, 2006
Recent media reports have highlighted the potential for the Washington State Ferries to be a potential terrorist target. At this time, there is no specific, credible intelligence information indicating an attack is planned against the ferry system. However, the Coast Guard, FBI, Washington State Ferries and Washington State Patrol continue to closely coordinate on identifying threats and addressing potential vulnerabilities in the Washington ferry system and the rest of the maritime transportation sector. Ferry passengers can be assured that behind the scenes, those partner agencies are working around the clock investigating reports, analyzing information, carrying out security measures on the ferries and terminals, and patrolling the waters to ensure the safety of the ferry system and all of Puget Sound. Regarding the findings of the Department of Justice Inspector General report, the public should know that the Coast Guard and the FBI each have a unique set of complementary responsibilities, capabilities and statutory authorities when it comes to protecting our nation. Locally, there is an excellent partnership and working relationship between Coast Guard, the FBI, Washington State Patrol, and the Washington State Ferries. Securing our ports and waterways is a team effort and everyone - from the maritime industry to government agencies and private citizens to the international community - plays an important role in ensuring that our waterways remain secure and open for business.

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