Two senators are squarely behind a plan to create a comprehensive
security program for cargo moving in and out of the nation’s ports.
Sen. Patty Murray, D-WA, and Sen. Susan Collins, R-ME, introduced the
GreenLane Maritime Cargo Security Act earlier this month. The bill is also
co-sponsored by Sen. Joseph Lieberman, D-CT, and Sen. Norm Coleman, R-MN.
Murray said in a news release that the plan is designed to close off
opportunities for terrorists to tamper with cargo as it enters U.S. ports.
“Right now, there is a gaping hole in America’s security when it comes
to the cargo entering our ports each day,” she said in a news release.
The bill proposes to create what it calls “The GreenLane” for cargo
from supply chain participants who voluntarily meet the highest levels of
security outlined by the plan.
The bill would require the establishment of minimum security standards
for all cargo entering the U.S. It also calls for the establishment of an
Office of Cargo Security Policy that would ensure the accountability and
coordination of cargo security policies, procedures and regulations at the
Department of Homeland Security.
In addition, the bill would establish a port security grant program to
help fund security measures. It also would authorize the establishment of a
Container Security Initiative that would identify and examine maritime
containers that pose a risk for terrorism at foreign ports.