DHS Publishes Port Security Proposal

Thursday, May 18, 2006
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently published a detailed proposal of new rules aimed at preventing terrorist attacks on domestic ports. In late April, DHS implemented the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program, which included name-based background checks on nearly 400,000 port workers in the United States. The initial checks were followed by a 275-page proposal detailing the program designed to deter people who pose a security threat from entering U.S. ports. The rulemaking proposal was submitted to the Federal Register for publication last week. Industry sources said that the publication of the proposal on the register would only establish the legality of the program. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) would collect workers' biographic information including 10 fingerprints, name, date of birth, address, phone number, alien registration number if applicable, photo, employer and job title. Also, all individuals with unescorted access to port facilities and vessels would be required to have go through similar screening and obtain a TWIC. Background checks would include a review of criminal history records, terrorist watch lists, legal immigration status, and outstanding wants and warrants. Some trade associations and longshoremen unions expressed concerns about the potential violation of port workers' civil liberties despite being supportive of the increased port-security measure. The public will have 45 days to comment on the proposal, and four public meetings will be hosted by TSA and the U.S. Coast Guard to solicit public input. (Source: Washington Post)
Maritime Reporter April 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Maritime Security

HMS Prince of Wales Bridge Sets Sail

The bridge section of the second Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carrier set sail today from Glasgow on its first sea voyage to Rosyth.   Upper Block 07 is where

Iran Moves Ships, Reducing Tensions Near Yemen

A flotilla of nine Iranian military and cargo ships that U.S. officials feared was carrying arms to strife-torn Yemen sailed northeast in the direction of Iran on Friday,

Russia, France Close to Deal on Mistrals

Russia and France are close to reaching an agreement for Paris to cancel a frozen contract on the sale of Mistral helicopter carriers and reimburse Moscow, a Russian

Coast Guard

Two Rescued from Sinking Shrimp Boat

Two fishermen were rescued from their sinking shrimp boat by a U.S. Coast Guard aircrew Friday off the coast of Saint Simons Island near Brunswic, Georgia.   Watchstanders

Grounding Kills 1, Injures 2 in Charleston Harbor

One person was killed and two people were injured when a boat ran aground on Shutes Folly off Charleston, South Carolina, late Thursday evening, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

USCG Searching for Mariner off Hawaii

U.S. Coast Guard rescues one, searching for another mariner off Lanai   The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) rescued one man and is still searching for another after the

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
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: 0.2856 sec (4 req/sec)