US embassy cable - 02ROME4727

SHIPOWNERS RAISE CSI AT AMVER AWARDS CEREMONY UNCLASSIFIED

Identifier: 02ROME4727
Wikileaks: View 02ROME4727 at Wikileaks.org
Origin: Embassy Rome
Created: 2002-09-30 07:32:00
Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
Tags: ECON EWWT IT MARITIME
Redacted: This cable was not redacted by Wikileaks.
This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS ROME 004727 
 
SIPDIS 
 
TRANSPORTATION FOR TSA 
 
E.O. 12958: N/A 
TAGS: ECON, EWWT, IT, MARITIME 
SUBJECT: SHIPOWNERS RAISE CSI AT AMVER AWARDS CEREMONY 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
PAGE 02        ROME  04727  300802Z 
 
REF: A. ROME 676 
     B. SECSTATE 018930 
     C. 01 ROME 5125 
 
1.  SUMMARY:  AMBASSADOR SEMBLER RECOGNIZED THE INTERDICTION 
AND SAFETY EFFORTS OF ITALIAN SHIPPERS AT THE ANNUAL AMVER 
AWARDS CEREMONY ON SEPTEMBER 19.  THE EVENT WAS WELL-COVERED 
IN THE ITALIAN PRESS.  SOME PARTICIPANTS TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY 
TO SHARE THEIR CONCERNS REGARDING THE CONTAINER SECURITY 
INITIATIVE.  POST IS LOOKING INTO COORDINATING A COMBINED 
CEREMONY IN 2003 WITH THE ITALIAN EQUIVALENT OF AMVER.  END 
SUMMARY. 
 
2.  THE AMBASSADOR HOSTED AN AMVER (AUTOMATED MUTUAL 
ASSISTANCE VESSEL EMERGENCY RESPONSE) AWARDS CEREMONY ON 
SEPTEMBER 19, ATTENDED BY LEADING ITALIAN MARITIME INDUSTRY, 
UNION AND GOVERNMENT LEADERS, INCLUDING SEVEN OF THE TWELVE 
AWARD RECIPIENTS FROM ROME, NAPLES, GENOA AND SICILY. 
 
3.  DR. LUIGI PERISSICH, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE ITALIAN 
SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION, TOOK ADVANTAGE OF THE OCCASION TO 
EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR THE SIGNING AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A 
CONTAINER SECURITY INITIATIVES (CSI) AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE 
U.S. AND ITALY.  DR. PERISSICH ALSO VOICED AN INTEREST IN A 
FOLLOW ON MEETING WITH THE EMBASSY TO DISCUSS SHIPOWNERS 
QUESTIONS ON CSI.  (CUSTOMS AND STATE OFFICIALS WILL HOST 
SUCH A MEETING ON OCTOBER 1.) 
 
4.  ADMIRAL SERGIO DE STEFANO, DEPUTY CHIEF OF THE ITALIAN 
COAST GUARD, TOLD THE AMBASSADOR THAT THE ITALIAN COAST GUARD 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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HAS A PROGRAM SIMILAR TO AMVER CALLED ARES AND SUGGESTED A 
COMBINED AWARDS CEREMONY IN 2003.  THE AMBASSADOR AGREED TO 
EXPLORE THE FEASIBILITY OF SUCH A JOINT CEREMONY. 
 
5.  THE ITALIAN PRESS WAS WELL REPRESENTED AT THE AMVER 
AWARDS CEREMONY;  ARTICLES EXPLAINING AMVER AND HIGHLIGHTING 
THE EVENT APPEARED IN THE TOP THREE ITALIAN NEWSPAPERS. 
SEMBLER 
 
                       UNCLASSIFIED 
 
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 2002ROME04727 - Classification: UNCLASSIFIED 


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