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Old 01-21-2008, 10:06 AM   #1
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Small Vessel Security Report - October 2007

I finally found the Small Vessel Security Report.* There is some good news in the 122 page report in that most stakeholders were concerned about citizens freedoms being taken away.**Let's hope the Feds listen.

Another is that it seems for now, most boaters will not have to purchase and place electronic detection and identification equipment aboard their boats.

This entire report can be viewed at*Small Vessel Security Report.* It is a huge 7 meg file!* Here are excerpts from the Executive Summary.

Summary of Recommendations:

DHS should not impose overly restrictive regulatory constraints on small vessel operators or their boats in the areas of licensing, registration, or tracking.

A universal hotline telephone number needs to be developed and disseminated so that the boating community can report both suspicious activities and emergency situations.

At this time it is not recommended that AIS (automated identification devices such as transponders) technologies be required for vessels under 65 feet in length until the technology is perfected, cost significantly reduced, or until law enforcement has the ability to track and respond to all vessels being tracked in their area of responsibility.

Research into alternative technologies similar to but less expensive than AIS need to be conducted in order to evaluate the usefulness of such technologies in balancing cost with effectiveness in maintaining maritime domain awareness.

More must be done to streamline credentialing to ensure that various jurisdictions accept the same standards, including solutions such as adding a boat operator endorsement to state driver licenses.

A national boat registry should be created so that it can be indexed and searched by federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement agencies.

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