Security Measures for Ferry Systems

Ferry systems are a vital component of the nation's multimodal transportation network. They become more essential in times of crisis, as they can operate even when other modes of transportation are disrupted. Ferries, however, present unique security requirements and challenges. From a security standpoint, ferries represent a hybrid between cruise ships and mass transit vehicles. The central goals for securing ferry systems are to prevent vessels and related facilities from being the subject of an attack and to prevent vessels from being used as a weapon. The development and implementation of security measures for ferry systems that provide appropriate public security without discouraging traffic on that mode of public transportation presents a great challenge to ferry operators and public transportation systems in general. Ferry operators need information that will allow them to assess measures that address security threats. The objective of this research is to develop a guide for ferry-system operators to use in evaluating security measures to meet their security and operational goals.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-10H

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Science Applications International Corporation

    1710 SAIC Drive
    McLean, VA  USA  22102
  • Principal Investigators:

    Friedman, David

  • Start Date: 20040803
  • Actual Completion Date: 20060228
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11716

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460587
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transit Cooperative Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-10H
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:28PM