Summary: H.R.3437 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.3437. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (12/06/2001)

Port and Maritime Security Act of 2001 - Directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish a Port Security Act Task Force to, among other things: (1) help coordinate programs to enhance the security and safety of U.S. seaports; and (2) help provide long-term solutions for seaport security issues.

Requires the establishment of local seaport security committees.

Directs the Commandant of the Coast Guard, in consultation with the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, the Center for Civil Force Protection, and other appropriate public and private sector organizations, to develop standards and procedures for conducting seaport security vulnerability assessments.

Directs the Commandant and the Administrator of the Maritime Administration to jointly initiate a rulemaking proceeding to prescribe regulations to protect the public from threats of crime or terrorism from or to vessels in maritime transportation.

Directs the Commandant to make every effort to seek international agreements with other countries providing for port security in such countries.

Requires the establishment of a program for the training and certification of maritime security professionals.

Amends the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 to provide for port security infrastructure improvement.

Provides the coordination of port related crime data collection.

Provides for improved customs reporting procedures.

Reauthorizes tonnage duties for four years.