Coast Guard Now Tracking All Large Commercial Vessels in U.S. Waters

The U.S. Coast Guard met the April 1 deadline mandated by the SAFE Port Act of 2006 to track all large commercial vessels within U.S. waters. “Beyond the SAFE Port Act, we need to focus our attention on closing other gaps in maritime security, including long-range tracking of vessels outside U.S. waters and coming to grips with potential threats posed by smaller vessels,” said Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen. The International Maritime Organization’s long-range identification and tracking system will be able to track more than 40,000 ships worldwide by the end of 2008, and the United States will be able to track ships navigating within 1,000 nautical miles of the coast. [View press release]

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