Ports on High Terror Alert After Brussels Attacks

 23 Mar 2016     Cargo Volumes and Throughput, Carriers, Container Handling, Port Planning, Ports

Following the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium, it has been announced that there will be increased police presence at Channel Island ports, according to ITV News.

The States of Jersey Police said: “It is common practice following a critical incident of this nature to step-up security at the ports. In order to reassure islanders and in particular, commuters, they may now see an enhanced police presence at the airport and harbour.”

Guernsey Police said: The local threat level hasn't changed. We continue to carry out increased security checks on passengers arriving in the island."

The Brussels attacks took place on March 22, 2016 at 06:58 GMT, and were carried out in connection with the Islamic State, according to the BBC.

The first two explosions took place at Zaventem airport at 07:58 local time (06:58 GMT), followed by a further blast at the Maelbeek Metro Station an hour later.

At least 31 people are believed to have been killed in the explosions, with a further 260 injured.