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State Department Says Commercial Ships Should Use Armed Guards for Protection

- The UN Security Council on Tuesday adopted a resolution calling for members to cooperate with the Somali government to use “all necessary means” to combat piracy. The State Department has suggested private security protect ships in dangerous waters.

Watching Over the Waterways

- When most people think about small watercraft, they're probably thinking jet skis and pontoon boats. The U.S. Coast Guard however, thinks of how easy it would be for an attacker to weaponize one of these innocuous-looking vessels.

Watching Over the Waterways

- When most people think about small watercraft, they probably think fondly of good times and activities like waterskiing or fishing. The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), however, thinks of how easy it would be for an attacker to weaponize one of these innocent-looking vessels, as was done in the attack on the U.S.S. Cole.

Small Vessel Security

- The Department of Homeland Security has released its implementation plan to protect America’s waters from the threat of terrorists exploiting small vessels to carry out an attack.

Coast Guard Program Focuses Its Attention on Marinas and Boat Ramps

- In an effort to stop the possibility of a terrorist attack on U.S. waters, Coast Guardsmen will become more like cops on the beat, a Coast Guard commander said yesterday at a maritime security expo.

National Maritime Security Training Center Opens at Port of LA

- Federal, state, and city homeland security stakeholders inaugurated the Maritime Law Enforcement Training Center at the Port of Los Angeles yesterday.

Maritime Security

- A new Government Accountability Office report assesses how ferries, a vital transportation system in certain regions, are vulnerable to terrorist attack.

Improving Ferry Security

- The Government Accountability Office reports that ferries are an attractive and vulnerable terrorist target.

DHS Data on Illegal Seafarers Unreliable, Says GAO Report

- The Department of Homeland Security cannot say how many foreign seafarers have entered the country illegally at U.S. seaports because of data accuracy problems at two of its agencies, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Fending Off Pirates Through Robust Risk Management Programs

- Ships transiting pirate-infested waters need a comprehensive risk management program to adequately defend themselves against attack.

Global Maritime Supply Chain Piracy: Threats and Countermeasures

- Mitigating the risks of maritime piracy requires thorough risk assessment, including intelligence acquisition, vulnerability assessments, and voyage security planning.  (Online Exclusive)

Maritime Conflicts

- The Indian Ocean Naval Conflicts Database (IONCD), created by The Nixon Center in Washington, D.C., tracks naval conflicts between states in the Indian Ocean from 1939 to 2007.Take a closer look here.

Following Recommended Security Practices Helps Ship Fend Off Pirates

- An attempted pirate attack on the U.S. flagged ship Maersk Alabama in the Indian Ocean was thwarted by security forces aboard the vessel, according to the New York Times. It's the same ship that was seized in April, with the captain held captive until rescued by navy snipers.
 




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