Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has introduced a US$55 million port security system to safeguard customer cargo, port users and Transnet’s own port assets, staff and contractors in the Port of Durban in South Africa.
The CCTV system will be integrated between all port sites and the head office to give a bird’s eye view of the port security environment.
The new system comprises 2,100 high definition cameras across various sites: more than double the amount of the previous 864 cameras.
The newly renovated control room, which is located at the Port of Durban, was the first to go live.
Vehicle security within the port perimeters will also be enhanced through license plate recognition.
Richard Vallihu, CEOat TNPA, said: “The National Ports Act 12 of 2005 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code of 2004 dictate that we as a port authority implement measures to assist in detecting security threats and take preventative measures against security incidents that may affect ships or port facilities used in international trade.”
Phumuzi Sigasa, Head of TNPA’s Port Security Portfolio said: “In conformance with regulations and our own integrated security management systems – security strategy plan, we are rolling out an upgraded security system across our eight South African commercial ports and our head office in Johannesburg.
“CCTV is but one aspect of our broader integrated technological security system which encompasses technology, skills, systems and procedures.”