Maritime Security Experts Convene in San Diego

By Edward Lundquist

Maritime security experts from federal, state and local jurisdictions are meeting in San Diego this week as part of Maritime Security 2015 West.

Attendees from Turkey, Japan, United Arab Emirates, France, U.K., and New Zealand joined participants from across the U.S. and Canada to examine challenges and share solutions. A special tour of the Unified Port of San Diego was conducted to offer a glimpse behind the scenes of some of the port’s busy terminals handling commodities ranging from soda ash to bananas to automobiles.

San Diego is the biggest navy homeport on the west coast, and is home to major shipyards and repair facilities. The port authority is the landlord for all non-federally-owned harborfront property.

Presentations covered criminal threats including overt and covert smuggling and weapons of mass destruction; and the importance of sharing information at all levels, including the private sector.

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