Maritime security report number 1. August 1995
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Maritime security report number 1. August 1995

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    Maritime Security Reports are unclassified periodic publications prepared to inform the commercial maritime industry, senior Maritime Administration officials, the Secretary of Transportation's Office of Intelligence and Security, and the Security Subcommittee of the Interagency Committee on the Marine Transportation System. The reports focus on international criminal activity and security issues which pose a threat to U.S. commercial maritime interests and the movement of U.S. civilian cargoes in foreign trade. The reports are intended to increase the awareness of the scope and severity of economic crime affecting U.S. maritime commerce. Subsequent reports focus on one or two issues, usually in connection with a specific geographical region, each article a number of pages with extensive listing of references. This first issue in contrast has 16 very short articles of only a page or two.


    TERRORISM: Middle Eastern terrorist group may be targeting American assets or interests in Latin America;

    GLOBAL: Data transmissions from seacontainers/trailers via satellite offer potential for combating cargo theft;

    UNITED STATES: Hijackers of Southern Pacific trains jeopardizing west coast seacontainers;

    BRAZIL: Piracy problem moves Brazilian president to a federal/state multi-agency task force;

    PANAMA: Cocaine seizures double at Panama?s Colon free zone and associated ports during 1994;

    PIRACY: Regional increases in piracy attacks may forecast a worldwide upsurge in incicents in 1995;

    GUATEMALA: Truck hijackings drive intermodal ocean carriers to cast off inland transport job to shippers;

    MARITIME FRAUD: False registration of ships used by Asian crime gangs in theft of entire cargoes;

    UNITED STATES: Cargo theft loss leaders, the ports of Miami, Los Angles, NY/NJ, and Long Beach;

    SOUTHEAST ASIA: Ethnic Chinese crime syndicates prefer port cities and containerized heroin exports;

    PANAMA: Weapons smuggled to Colombian guerrillas in commercial containers, via Panamanian ports;

    BRAZIL: Harbor piracy incidents elevate port security to the agenda of Brazilian president;

    COLOMBIA: Port privatization boosts profits, productivity, and port security concerns;

    ECUADOR: More stowaways? Conflict creates 7,500 refugees and 50,000 unemployed;

    NIGERIA: Maritime fraud pounds Nigerian insurers; and

    CHILE: Counternarcotics policy with the United States.

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