Maritime Security Report [August 1995]   [open pdf - 146KB]

The Maritime Security Report is an unclassified quarterly publication prepared to inform the commercial maritime industry, senior Maritime Administration officials, the Secretary of Transportation's Office of Intelligence and Security, and the Federal Ad Hoc Working Group On Maritime Security Awareness. The report focuses on international criminal activity and security issues which could pose a threat to U.S. commercial maritime interests and the movement of U.S. civilian cargoes in foreign trade. The global nature of U.S. trade means that U.S.-flag ocean carriers call ports in nearly every country, and cargoes owned by U.S. interests may be embarked on ocean vessels of any flag or in any port worldwide. U.S. commercial maritime interests, therefore, can be jeopardized worldwide by a broad range of criminal activities, adversely affecting their competitiveness. The Maritime Security Report is intended to increase awareness of the scope and severity of economic crime affecting U.S. maritime commerce. Contents in this report include the following titles: August 1995: TERRORISM--"Middle Eastern Terrorist Group May be Targeting American Assets or Interests in Latin America"; GLOBAL--"Data Transmissions from Seacontainers/Trailers via Satellite Offer Potential for Combating Cargo Theft"; June 1995: UNITED STATES--"Hijackers of Southern Pacific Trains Jeopardizing West Coast Seacontainers"; BRAZIL--"Piracy Problem Moves Brazilian President to Form a Federal/State Multi-Agency Task Force"; PANAMA--"Cocaine Seizures Double at Panama's Colon Free Zone and Associated Ports during 1994"; May 1995: PIRACY--"Regional Increases in Piracy Attacks may Forecast a Worldwide Upsurge in Incidents for 1995"; GUATEMALA--"Truck Hijackings Drive Intermodal Ocean Carriers to Cast Off Inland Transport Job to Shippers"; MARITIME FRUAD--"False Registration of Ships Used by Asian Crime Gangs in Theft of Entire Cargoes"; April 1995: UNITED STATES--"Cargo Theft Loss Leaders: The Ports of Miami Los Angeles, NY/NJ, and Long Beach"; SOUTHEAST ASIA--"Ethnic Chinese Crime Syndicates Prefer Port Cities and Containerized Heroin Exports"; PANAMA--"Weapons Smuggled to Colombian Guerillas in Commercial Containers via Panamanian Ports"; BRAZIL--"Harbor Piracy Incidents Elevate Port Security to the Agenda of the Brazilian President"; March 1995: COLOMBIA--"Port Privatization Boosts Profits, Productivity, and Port Concerns"; ECUADOR--"More Stowaways? Conflict Creates 7,500 Refugees and 50,000 Unemployed"; NIGERIA--"Maritime Fraud Funds Nigerian Insurers"; and CHILE--"Counternarcotics Policy with the United States".

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