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25 November 2020 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 13:06 GMT+1

October 18, 2004

Shipping lanes vulnerable to crippling terror attacks

Dennis Eng

Security measures are being stepped up so that shipping lines are better prepared for any terrorist attacks that would disrupt sea trade. - AFP

Cruise liners and oil tankers, loaded with potential hostages and dangerous cargo, will increasingly be used as both weapons and targets in terrorist attacks designed to disrupt world commerce, experts warn.

"It would be relatively easy to disrupt the global supply chain. If done effectively, sensitive sea lanes could be blocked or contaminated. That is certainly a source of concern in the Straits of Malacca, the Strait of Hormuz, the Panama Canal, Suez Canal and other narrow sea lanes," Daniel Wagner, senior co-financing specialist at Manila-based Asian Development Bank, said ......
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