Multi-agency inspection teams target container shipments

BALTIMORE- Federal and state agencies will conduct a joint operation Monday and Tuesday to promote awareness of, and verify compliance with, safety and shipping regulations applicable to containerized cargo shipments in the Port of Baltimore.

The multi-agency strike force operation, which will focus on the Maryland Port Administration’s Seagirt and Dundalk Marine Terminals, is one in a series of similar initiatives conducted in ports nationwide since September 1998.

“With our port partners, we run joint operations like this to ensure the compliance with federal and state laws and regulations in order to protect the critical infrastructure in the Port of Baltimore,” said Chief Petty Officer Shad Hudgins, prevention department at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore.

Planning and coordination for this operation began in March and will involve the inspection of trucks, cargo containers and cargo tanks as they enter and leave marine terminals. Inspections will include verifying proper documentation, markings, packaging and structural integrity.

Inspection activities are conducted daily by individual agencies, although during this type of joint operation, efforts will be coordinated simultaneously between all agencies having law enforcement jurisdiction so that shipments can be efficiently inspected for compliance.

Participating organizations include the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Transportation-Office of the Inspector General, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, Maryland Transportation Authority Police, Maryland Port Administration and the Comptroller of Maryland’s Field Enforcement Division.

For more information contact Ensign Jeremy Schisler at 410576-2692 or Chief Petty Officer Shad Hudgins at 410576-2647.

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