Security of Terminal Operations at U.S. Ports

February 28, 2006

106 SD

WASHINGTON, DC – The Senate Commerce Committee today announced it will hold a Full Committee hearing on the recent purchase by Dubai Ports World (DP World) of the P&O Port division of P&O Group on Tuesday, February 28, 2006, at 2:30 p.m. in a room 109 of the Dirksen Building.

The hearing will examine DP World’s purchase of P&O Ports and the security role held by the U.S. government at ports. This deal, which allows DP World to gain access to terminal leases held by P&O throughout the world, was accepted by P&O shareholders February 13, 2006. P&O Ports is a multi-national terminal operating company based in the United Kingdom, which leases terminals throughout the world, including six in the United States – New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Miami, and New Orleans. DP World is owned by the United Arab Emirates government. This offer was accepted over a similar offer tendered by PSA International.

“This hearing will provide Committee Members the opportunity to clearly understand what the proposed purchase means for terminal operations at ports,” said Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). “It is important for us to get the facts and avoid speculation. This hearing will help us make informed decisions to ensure the security at our nation's ports.”

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Majority Statement

  • Ted Stevens


Witness Panel 1

  • Mr. Jayson Ahern

    Assistant Commissioner for Field Operations, Customs and Border Protection
    U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Mr. Michael P. Jackson

    Deputy Secretary
    Department of Homeland Security

Witness Panel 2