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The effectiveness and economic impact of enhancing container security

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dc.contributor.advisor Hauke Kite-Powell. en_US Dresser, Eric L. (Eric Lane) en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Ocean Engineering. en_US 2006-07-13T15:23:15Z 2006-07-13T15:23:15Z 2004 en_US 2004 en_US
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Ocean Engineering, 2004. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 96-101). en_US
dc.description.abstract Over the past few decades, international containerized shipping has evolved to become the main artery of global trade, providing both convenient and inexpensive access to goods from markets around the world. Yet the very size and efficiencies that have made container shipping such an attractive means of transport have also created a system that is highly vulnerable to terrorist exploitation. This paper outlines the current initiatives taken by both the public and private sector to address the security vulnerabilities in the container industry. The solution targets three main areas for, security: documentation/information, physical security, and inspections. The technology utilized to improve the physical security of the container can also be used to track shipments and secure the container from pilferage. This generates a win-win relationship between enhancing container security while improving supply chain information and control. An economic model is used to demonstrate the cost savings and cost avoidance from the information and control provided by security technologies. The savings to shippers more than offsets the cost of implementing these technologies. This is a valuable approach to solving the problem of container security because it concurrently provides incentive to the private sector and protects global interests. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Eric L. Dresser. en_US
dc.format.extent 125 p. en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.subject Ocean Engineering. en_US
dc.title The effectiveness and economic impact of enhancing container security en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Ocean Engineering. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 62866508 en_US

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