Webinar Replay | MARAD Centers Of Excellence

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Centers of Excellence (CoE) program helps to prepare students for careers in the maritime industry. MARAD understands the importance of inland, coastal mariners, and shore side aspects of maritime, and supports development initiatives across the industry.   The administration seeks to recognize and support community and technical colleges as well as maritime training centers […]

International Propeller Club | Developing the Future Maritime Workforce  

The International Propeller Club’s (ICP) mission focuses on promoting the maritime industry and shaping the future of its workforce through educating legislators and the public on the necessity of waterborne commerce. The Propeller Club of the United States was formed in New York (1927), as a national organization with individual chapters called ports. The club […]

Seamless Travel: Covid-19 and Standardizing a Contactless Journey

Representatives from several regulatory bodies and different parts of the global transport industry came together to discuss ideas, innovations and relationships related to standardizing contactless technologies. Among those in attendance were Michael Hardin the Director of Policy, Entry/Exit Transformation Office at US Customs and Border Protection, Ali Chegini the Director of System Safety and Health System Safety […]

Al Gina Talks NAFTA with Trade Officials at Annual U.S./Canada Border Conference

The annual U.S./ Canada Border Conference, held in Detroit on September 20-21, convenes current and former senior officials from U.S. and Canadian border agencies to discuss issues impacting the two countries’ cross-border relationship. The conference was established soon after the 2011 U.S. and Canada joint “Beyond the Border” declaration as a forum to advance the […]

American Airlines Partners with TSA to Deploy 3D CT Screening Device at JFK; Optimistic for Faster Passenger Processing

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and American Airlines announced the installation of a Computed Tomography (CT) screening device at New York’s JFK Airport Terminal 8 Passenger Screening Checkpoint. The machine installed is produced by the company analogic and uses CT scanning technology to create detailed 3D images of scanned carry-on bags. The installation of the scanning equipment at […]

‘AVATAR’ Technology Utilizes Artificial Intelligence to Interview Border Crossers

The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR), developed at the University of Arizona’s National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS), has been undergoing tests  with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Prior to the recent tests with CBSA, AVATAR had been tested at a U.S.-Mexico SENTRI lane in Nogales, Arizona in 2011 and in […]

New ‘Global’ Trusted Traveler Concept Could Increase Efficiency, but Raises Questions on Technology and Sovereignty

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, last month Accenture, in collaboration with the WEF, the Canadian and Dutch governments and other stakeholder groups introduced The Known Traveller Digital Identity (KTDI). KTDI “aims to build an encrypted, biometrically-protected profile that air travellers can show at border checks to demonstrate that they are a low risk […]