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Terrorism Threat at Sea Should Not Be Ignored, Tuerk, Moore Warn

Just as the Sept. 11 attacks brought the issue of terrorism to the forefront internationally, they also raised the specter of the potential for terrorist acts committed at sea. Terrorists hiding nuclear weapons in shipping containers or hijacking an oil tanker could lead to devastating results. But despite the enormous importance of maritime vessels to the world economy and security, the international community has not yet adjusted international laws to address these concerns, according to Judge Helmut Tuerk who recently visited the University of Virginia School of Law.