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§ 1803. Security standards at foreign ports

(a) Assessment of security measures
The Secretary of Transportation shall develop and implement a plan to assess the effectiveness of the security measures maintained at those foreign ports which the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of State, determines pose a high risk of acts of terrorism directed against passenger vessels.
(b) Consultation with Secretary of State
In carrying out subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary of Transportation shall consult the Secretary of State with respect to the terrorist threat which exists in each country and poses a high risk of acts of terrorism directed against passenger vessels.
(c) Report of assessments
Not later than 6 months after August 27, 1986, the Secretary of Transportation shall report to the Congress on the plan developed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section and how the Secretary will implement the plan.
(d) Determination and notification to foreign country
If, after implementing the plan in accordance with subsection (a) of this section, the Secretary of Transportation determines that a port does not maintain and administer effective security measures, the Secretary of State (after being informed by the Secretary of Transportation) shall notify the appropriate government authorities of the country in which the port is located of such determination, and shall recommend the steps necessary to bring the security measures in use at that port up to the standard used by the Secretary of Transportation in making such assessment.
(e) Antiterrorism assistance related to maritime security
The President is encouraged to provide antiterrorism assistance related to maritime security under chapter 8 of part II of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 [22 U.S.C. 2349aa et seq.] to foreign countries, especially with respect to a port which the Secretary of Transportation determines under subsection (d) of this section does not maintain and administer effective security measures.

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