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Project Safe Cruise Press Release: See www.projectsafecruise.blogspot.com & details below. Leave a message if you have experienced incidents involving poor security & safety practices of cruise lines. Hearings are scheduled; we will provide them to Congress. We must act to insure passenger safety. The current lack of safety & security is not acceptable especially after 9/11. On 5/12/05, we were on the Carnival Destiny near Aruba when an elderly couple disappeared without a trace.

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Friday, March 03, 2006

Takeover of Ports by United Arab Emirates Could Reduce Security for Cruise Ship Passengers

British judge weighs challenge by Miami company to Dubai port dealBy Jane Wardell the associated press Posted March 1 2006
DP World, the state-owned port operator in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, won the support of the P&O board after a bidding war for the 165-year-old company, but members of the U.S. Congress have expressed concerns about the company owning significant operations at six major U.S. seaports.Eller, which provides stevedoring services to 90 percent of cruise ships at the port of Miami, also argued that the deal breaches its joint venture contract with P&O. Eller has filed a similar lawsuit in the United States.

From notes posted by Movieguy:
This Federal Government information is false and exceedingly misleading.
I do not understand why such a "fact sheet" can contain so many supposed "errors". I consider it an embarrassment and disservice to the American public.
I have verified that the sale of P&O to DP World will include the acquisition of ALL existing operations of P&O Ports North America. My verifications include communications with Bell-Pottinger, the public relations firm handling this matter. There is no question that the acquisition involves all P&O North America activities and operations on the East Coast and Gulf Coast.
Therefore, the aquistion will include the transfer of operations at 22 U.S. ports on the East Coast and Gulf Coast, not 6 ports as stated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DHS, in its fact sheet as cited above, has failed to acknowledge the ongoing P&O North America operations at 16 additional ports located on the East Coast and Gulf Coast.
The acquisition will involve, at a minimum, the transfer of P&O North America operations at 55 terminals, not 11 or 16 terminals as stated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Eliminating from consideration the cruise ship terminals that P&O North America presently operates, the number of terminals accounted for in my calculation of 55 is reduced to 49 terminals. DHS has failed to acknowledge the sale and transfer of 39 to 44 of the East Coast and Gulf Coast terminal operations of P&O North America.
Operations accounted for in the 55 identified terminals at existing P&O port terminal operations do not include all grain elevator operations, or additional terminals that appear to be necessary to support the stated operations of P&O at selected ports. This potential consideration is reflected in the P&O operations by port listing outlined below. See PORT And TERMINAL LOCATIONS for more details.
No updates of the information released by DHS or the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has been released as of the time of this comment post.
"The Passenger Ship Terminal known as New York Cruise Terminal for passenger ship service is operated by P&O Ports North America for the City of New York." - http://www.panynj.gov/- "Under a 20-year operating agreement with the City of New York, P&O Ports North America, Inc. is the exclusive provider of terminal management and stevedoring services for the New York Cruise Terminal. Among P&O Ports' customers are Carnival Cruise Line, Cunard Line, Crystal Cruises, Holland America Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Line, Seabourn Cruise Line, Silversea Cruises, NYK Cruise Co. Ltd, Hapag Lloyd and Clipper Cruise Line."

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