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March 19 2002

Young introduces maritime security bill
Representative Don Young (R-AK) has introduced H.R. 3983, the Maritime Transportation Antiterrorism Act of 2002.

This is the House response to the Senate maritime security bill passed at the end of the last term of Congress and mirrors it in many respects.  It calls for port and facility vulnerability assessments, catastrophic emergency planning, vessel and facility antiterrorism plans, transportation security cards, establishment of maritime antiterrorism teams, foreign port assessments, and development of an antiterrorism cargo identification and screening system for containerized cargo.  It would also mandate installation of automatic identification system (AIS) equipment on various vessels operating in U.S. waters. The bill would authorize financial assistance for enhanced facility security to implement a maritime antiterrorism plan approved by the Secretary of Transportation.