Ports of Entry: Fast In, Fast Out
How quickly cargo of all types moves onshore.Major U.S. ports, such as the Port of Oakland, are complex transportation systems that serve everything from recreational boats, to passenger ferries, to cruise ships, to giant cargo ships. Ultimately, they are designed to move materials quickly, off the water and into the interior of the nation. Their speed can represent a security risk.
Ships & Boats
1. Ferries.Ferries transverse many of the nations leading harbors. The FBI earlier this summer issued a warning that terrorists might target ferryboats for attacks.2. Small Boats. Personal watercraft could be used in a harbor as a kind of manned torpedo, as was the case in the attack on the USS Cole.
3. Ship Containers. Cargo containers may be the most worrisome threat. These metal boxes could be used to smuggle in everything from biological weapons to nuclear devices.