Iran could target US commercial ships, including oil tankers, sailing through key Middle East waterways, as one of the threats to US interests posed by Tehran, the US Maritime Administration (MARAD) said in an advisory posted on Thursday.
Agents from US Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Operations facilitated the seizure of over three tons of drugs in late March 2019. Namely, a Navy ship discovered 6,100 pounds of marijuana destined for the US, on board a panga-style vessel off the coast of Central America. The US Coast Guard and Navy teams seized the narcotics and sank the vessel as a danger to navigation.
The previous week, US Customs and Border Protection seized a million pounds of illegally-smuggled Chinese pork at Port Newark-Elizabeth Marine Terminal, part of the busy Port Authority of New York and New Jersey complex.
A multi-agency examination of imported shipping containers, led by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), netted 1,185 pounds of cocaine at the Port of Philadelphia, Tuesday.
Port of New York and New Jersey authorities have seized around 3,200 pounds of cocaine, worth $77 million. According to the authorities, this is the largest cocaine seizure at the port in the last 25 years, and the second largest ever. The drugs were found on board a shipping container that entered the US from Buenaventura, Colombia, during February.
The US Coast Guard informed that its law enforcement crews detected and interdicted three Mexican lancha boat crews illegally fishing in federal waters off southern Texas, on Wednesday February 27. The Mexican fishermen were detained and transferred to border enforcement agents for processing. Overall, 3,533 lbs of red snapper and 1,122 lbs of shark was on board the lanchas.
AAPA identified nearly $4 billion in crucial port and supply chain security needs over the next 10 years, according to the report AAPA launched ‘The State of Freight’. Specifically, AAPA members reported they will need $2.62 billion to maintain and upgrade their security apparatus over the next 10 years and $1.27 billion in future security investments to address cybersecurity and other security threats.
The US Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection responded to a report of three stowaways on the merchant vessel, Diana J, on January 16, about three miles off the Port of Miami. The boarding teams found no additional stowaways, rescinded the Captain of the Port Order and the stowaways were taken into custody.
A week after the abduction of six crew members from the container ship MSC Mandy off Benin, BIMCO stressed that piracy in the Gulf of Guinea is an unacceptable burden to seafarers and shipping companies and asked, on behalf of its members, that maritime powers increase their presence to curb piracy.
Military sergeant, Sarah Mattison, reported on maritime security exercise that took place in Djibouti between US Sailors and Soldiers and Djiboutian navy and coastguard. The exercise is aiming to enhance partner capabilities between the two countries and to help develop a better security not only for the seafarers but for the population too.
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