Serial No. 109-148: International Maritime Security: Joint Hearing before the Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats, and International Relations and the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources of the Committee on Government Reform, House of Representatives, One Hundred Ninth Congress, First Session, December 13, 2005   [open pdf - 6MB]

From the opening statement of Christopher Shays: "Lack of hard data on maritime crime rates and trends engenders a false sense of security and frustrates efforts to address emerging problems. Some companies report incidents voluntarily to the Federal Bureau of Investigation or international organizations. But others do not, and no truly industry-wide data is available to help discerning customers assess the real risks of transoceanic travel. So we asked those most involved in responding to maritime crises to describe current legal and operational security standards. For instance, what statistics are kept and who keeps them? What information is given to passengers on the risks of international travel by sea? How are missing person reports investigated? How and when is it determined if a crime is involved? How are jurisdictional conflicts resolved? Are there better practices and technologies that should be used to protect passengers in the alluring but unforgiving marine environment?" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher Shays, Michael J. Crye, Gregory M. Purdy, Charles E. Mandigo, Chris Swecker, John Crowley, Wayne Justice, James E. McPherson, Michael J. Crye, Elijah E. Cummings, Carolyn B. Maloney, Charles E. Mandigo, John L. Mica, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Mark E. Souder.

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