Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002. Section 109: Report to Congress   [open pdf - 394KB]

"In the wake of 9/11, the federal government, especially the U.S. Department of Transportation, has moved rapidly to formulate new strategies and tactics to counter terrorism and related threats involving the transportation system. Creation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), reassignment of personnel to quickly assess vulnerabilities and respond to security challenges, and the provision of grants for port security improvements are some examples of recent initiatives undertaken by DOT to this end. The U.S. Coast Guard has moved aggressively to provide for maritime security since 9/11; the Coast Guard also began maritime security initiatives at the United Nations International Maritime Organization (IMO), which resulted in the International Ship and Port and Facility Security (ISPS) Code and amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS Convention). On March 1, 2003, the Coast Guard became a component of the newly formed Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The following report characterizes security threats to the marine and intermodal transportation system; summarizes relevant domestic legislation, international conventions, and other guidance; delineates key workforce development issues; describes the project undertaken by MARAD in fulfillment of the Secretary's Section 109 responsibilities; presents the standards and curriculum developed in response to the MTSA mandate; and offers recommendations for the certification and oversight of maritime security education and training."

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