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Abstract

From October 28-30 2002, a stakeholder consultation regarding the security of container commerce - called "Seacurity" - was held at the European Union's Joint Research Centre. The purpose of the workshop and this document is to raise awareness concerning the current status of maritime security and its vulnerability to terrorism. The main obstacles in achieving a less vulnerable maritime system are identified mainly through the interaction of the workshop's participants. Beginning with issues that were raised regarding threats to maritime and - more specifically - to container commerce, the workshop discussed the issues and possible solutions that these raised. The report concludes with a number of recommendations and references. The report should be of interest to government officials and policy-makers dealing with the maritime system, international trade or anti-terrorism issues, as well as private companies which have an interest in the (international) maritime system.

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