Secretary Ridge Announces Significant Steps in Enhancing Maritime Security [October 23, 2003] [open pdf - 23KB]
"U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge today announced approval and publication of the final maritime industry security rules which are designed to significantly improve protection of America's ports, waterways, and ships from a terrorist attack. The Department of Homeland Security developed the final rules with a team from the Coast Guard, Transportation Security Administration, Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration. These DHS and DOT teams held public meetings around the nation over the past year in New Orleans, Cleveland, Seattle, San Pedro, CA, Jacksonville, New York City, St Louis, and Washington DC to ensure broad input from the maritime industry on port issues. During these sessions DHS solicited and considered acceptable alternatives from the private sector to meet specific security measures, which included the receipt and evaluation of over 2,000 comments and recommendations."
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security: http://www.dhs.gov/