NORWEGIAN AUTHORITIES HAVE RAISED THE TERRORIST ACTIVITY ALERT LEVEL ACROSS THE COUNTRY
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Update 3/11/2016 Maritime cargo crime is up across Europe since this was first published. The threat of port related terrorism continues in Norway.
The Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) issued a threat warning yesterday. They believe they have credible threat information concerning intended Islamist terrorists threats, though targets are unspecified. The PST believes the threat emanates from Westerners who have been part of and trained in violent Jihadi operations in Syria. Maritime transportation infrastructure is being secured. Maritime operations in Norway for the immediate future will be conducted under tighter security restrictions than has been the case of late. The PSt notes that cruise ship and ferry terminals in particular will receive extra police attention and passengers will undergo additional screening measures. However, the PST indicates that these measures are part of heightened border control intended to reduce the chances of the undetected reentry into the country of the Western Jahadist. PST analysts don't claim credible information that would indicate marine terminals or operations are particularly targeted by the terrorists. Local Police Chiefs will determine what additional security measures will be taken at the various ports, terminals, marshaling yards servicing ports, etc. The Norwegian Coastal Administration indicates in their announcement of the measures that workers should expect a tightening of passenger, cargo, and identification for access controls. Generally our advice for all international shipping workers in Norway or preparing to transit to Norway is to prepare for some delays, be patient, but also be through and exacting in your own vessel security measures.