SANTO DOMINGO.- The United States Government praised Dominican Republic’s advances in harbor and marine security, and asked the country to provide that knowledge and experience to the other Caribbean nations.
Payton Coleman, director of the International Harbor Security Program in the Atlantic, made the statement to conclude the 3rd Conference on Harbor Security, held for several days in Punta Cana, Higüey (east).
The United States Southern Command, the Coast Guard, and the Dominican Armed Forces supported the event, to address several topics on the control and management of Dominican ports.
Coleman said that since 2004 Dominican Republic has utilized mechanisms and procedures in harbor security, and even managed to have the sanctions lifted, which had prevented the country’s ships to use U.S. ports freely. "So we feel that the Dominican Republic should contribute with those important accomplishments and knowledge in the handling of security, in the ports of other nations of the Caribbean that request it."
Armed Forces minister Ramon Aquino headed the Conference, were mechanisms to detect drugs, firearms, contraband and stowaways were analyzed.