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Port fees may affect lakes cruises


MACKINAC ISLAND - The rising cost of port fees in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks may cut the number of cruise ships traveling the Great Lakes.

Security costs have added to the charges a ship's owner must pay when docking in a port of call, and American ports have hit ships with fees they don't have to pay in some other parts of the world.

The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code and the Maritime Transportation Security Act require ports and vessels to control access, monitor activity, and screen personnel, baggage, cargo and vehicles. The new federal maritime security measures affect an estimated 9,500 vessels, 3,200 facilities and 40 off-shore oil or natural gas rigs in the United States, according to the federal Department of Homeland Security.   more...


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