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December 3, 2003

MARAD picks RRF ISPS/MTSA contractor

Sea & Land Security, LLC (SLS), Seagirt, N.J., has been awarded a contract by MARAD, through Marine Design and Operations, Inc. in Kenilworth, NJ. Sea & Land Security will develop a Ship Security Assessment (SSA) and Ship Security Plan (SSP) for the Ready Reserve Force vessel fleet to comply with ISPS/MTSA requirements. Another five MARAD-furnished schoolships used for training at maritime academies are also included.

In addition to conducting security assessments for ports and ships, Sea & Land Security (SLS) supplies ISPS/MTSA maritime security compliance services that include providing security officers for ships, ports and companies, preparing security plans, providing physical security for ports and shipping companies as well as training for CSO's, SSO's and PFSO's.

President of the company is Ronald M. Katims. With over 40 years of experience in the maritime industry as an executive, engineer and consultant, he is the former president of Navieras (NPR), and Vice President of Engineering for Sea-Land, Inc. He has worked on both domestic and overseas port development, and was the planner for the world's first single purpose container facility at the Port of New York New Jersey. As a consultant, Katims has worked extensively on projects involving ports in South America, Asia and Europe.

Other company principals include VP Jim Ryan, a former New Jersey State Police detective with 25 years experience as a transportation security executive. An expert in drug and stowaway interdiction, Mr. Ryan has consulted with companies both in the U,S. and overseas on risk analysis and assessment, terrorism exposure and premises liability. He has been a principal of the Global Interdiction Group since 1992, providing contract security services to intermodal carriers and marine terminal operators, and offering security audits and assessments in both foreign and domestic ports.

VP Raj Sengupta is a marine engineer with over 20 years of experience in vessel design, technical evaluation, damage investigation and failure analysis, project feasibility studies, and expert witness investigations relating to Admiralty casualties. As the principal of Marine Design and Operations, Inc. he has worked on an ongoing basis with MARAD to accomplish project work involving these skills. Additionally, Sengupta is experienced in conducting inspections of reefer ships, car carriers, chemical tankers and ore carriers. He holds a Master of Science and Engineering in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan

General manager Robert Frucci has an extensive background in maritime transportation and port operations. He spent ten years with Atlantic Container Lines where he served as manager vessel operations, which included security planning. Prior to that, he worked for Maher Terminals as vessel superintendent. A licensed private investigator, Frucci serves as an instructor at the Global Maritime & Transportation School at Kings Point, N.Y. where he teaches a curriculum that includes Homeland Security and related issues, as well as intermodal logistics.

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