A newly formed coalition will advocate for improved maritime security. The Coalition for Secure Ports is comprised of terminal operators, vessel operators, port associations, shippers and others involved in handling the millions of cargo containers that enter the United States each year. The coalition said it will identify actions the government and private-sector stakeholders can take to improve security, as well as educate the public about the improved security measures that have already been implemented since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The coalition said it would focus on three steps:
- Requiring enhanced cargo information
- Monitoring the location and security of containers in transit
- Implementing a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) to quickly and accurately verify the identity of individuals with access to cargo.