H. Rept. 107-405: Maritime Transportation Antiterrorism Act of 2002, Report to Accompany H.R. 3983, April 11, 2002 [open pdf - 152KB]
"The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to whom was referred the bill (H.R. 3983) to ensure the security of maritime transportation in the United States against acts of terrorism, and for other purposes, having considered the same, report favorably thereon with an amendment and recommend that the bill as amended do pass. […] This bill establishes a comprehensive national antiterrorist system that increases the security of maritime transportation and reduces the risk of the maritime transportation system being involved in a terrorist incident. The U.S. Coast Guard is the primary Federal agency with responsibility for the safety and security of vessels, ports, waterways, and their related facilities. Since the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001, the Coast Guard has implemented a number of tough new security measures under existing statutory authorities contained in the Ports and Waterways Safety Act of 1972 (33 U.S.C. 1221 et. seq.), and in section 1 of title II of Public Law 65-24, June 15 1917, as amended (50 U.S.C. 191). The United States maritime borders include 95,000 miles of open shoreline, 361 ports, and an Exclusive Economic Zone that spans 3.5 million square miles. The United States relies on ocean transportation for 95 percent of cargo tonnage that moves into and out of the country. Each year, more than 7,500 commercial vessels make approximately 51,000 port calls, and more than six million loaded marine containers enter U.S. ports."
H. Rept. 107-405; House Report 107-405
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