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Unformatted text preview: ounty, said John Snyder, editor and publisher of MarineLog, the 135-year-old publication serving vessel owners and operators, ship builders and maritime architects. It has a circulation of 32,000. "There are a lot of operator’s rights here in this area -- Moran, McAllister, Reinauer and K-Sea. These conferences focus on the coastal tug and barge market," said Snyder, pleased with the turnout, which includes 32 vendors, exhibiting their products and services. The number of registrants surpassed last year's total. "I think the economy is picking up," said Snyder, who attended a similar event last month in Houston which saw a 14 percent increase in participation. "What impressed me was that companies were hiring right at the show." 29 | P a g e Port Security Affirmative BDL One of those expanding its staff is Machine Support USA Inc., in Houma, La., a division of SKF Group, which is participating for the first time. It sent Kevin St. Pierre, area sales manager, to man a booth displaying its products. "We're hiring in the field and in sales. The federal government is issuing more permits (for oil exploration)," he said, noting that it impacts his company's clients. "We do a lot of work for customers who are here." Next to him, Michael Feder, sales manager for Wallingford-based Infra-Metals, also a first-time participant was ready to do business. "We're a structural steel supplier. Our product goes into tug boats, barges and marine work platforms. We've been selling into the marine industry more than 10 years," he said. "There are lots of towing companies in the Northeast." 30 | P a g e Port Security Affirmative BDL Article: US Bound Cargo Remains Vulnerable to Terrorists Daily Examiner, February 22, 2012, http://www.examiner.com/article/u-s-bound-cargo-remainsvulnerable-to-terrorists-wmd It’s been more than a decade since Islamic terrorists attacked the U.S., yet the agency created to protect the nation from another strike is asleep at the wheel, failing to adequately screen the monstrous amounts of cargo that enter the country each day, according to a government report issued this week. "Cargo containers that are part of the global supply chain -- the flow of goods from manufacturers to retailers -- are vulnerable to threats from terrorists [including weapons of mass destruction]," state the government analysts who assembled data for the new report. It may seem unbelievable to most Americans that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that more than ten years after the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history, the vast majority of cargo containers entering the U.S. go unchecked. Incredibly, it’s true and the alarming details are outlined in the GAO report published this week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress. The Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002 and the Security and Accountability For Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006 required the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to take actions to improve maritime transportation security....
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