Ports are critical infrastructures. Unavailability of a large port could present a major economic incident for a state or countr. ,A solid cyber security plan is a must in any modern port. How ready are you?
Ports and terminals are a significant part of the UK’s critical infrastructure, directly contributing almost US$14.3 billion a year to the UK economy. However, with the increasing threats of trespassing, vandalism, theft and terrorism from both land and sea, ensuring the security of a port’s border is becoming increasingly difficult. Ports represent a major point of vulnerability that could have a disastrous impact if breached, not only for the industry and businesses alike, but also human life
The escalating problem of cross-border movement of contraband is driving the need for advanced technology, which not only detects a range of illicit or dangerous items, but also introduces a much higher level of automation. Add to this ever-increasing volumes of traffic at ports and land borders, a requirement for stricter controls and faster clearance times and the list of demands for border security is long and complex
Pirates infiltrate a shipping company’s systems to identify ships with valuable cargoes and minimal onboard security. The vessel is hijacked and only the containers with valuable cargoes are taken. Pirates hand-pick their shipping targets online by tracking the navigation of a vessel through an Automatic Identification System (AIS). Smugglers hack into networked systemsto locate containers with drug contraband and cleanly confiscate the drugs without detection
Container shipping is, some half century after inception, remarkably resilient and successful in operational terms. Mankind, particularly in the developed world, takes it for granted that it is possible to buy exotic fresh produce that has travelled weeks from another continent, or pick up a bargain in latest electronic gadgetry that is most likely to have been manufactured thousands of miles from the consumer.
Our economic security depends on companies and individuals having access to a safe, secure and efficient global supply chain. The likelihood of disruption increases, as does the risk to economic security, when the global supply chain grows in complexity
The Port of Montreal is a linear port, stretching along 25 kilometres of waterfront between the city of Montreal and the St. Lawrence River. Providing the highest level of security both on water and on land is a top priority for the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the federal agency that administers the Port of Montreal and takes a proactive approach to ensuring the safety and security of cargo and the people who work in and live near the port
Whilst technological advances undoubtedly provide greater operational efficiencies and opportunities for port and terminal operators to mitigate their exposure to theft and fraud, unfortunately they equally benefit criminal organisations.
This organisational feature looks at Smiths Detections' mobile cargo scanner HCVM T x-ray system for detecting smuggling threats at Luxembourg customs. Its material discrimination capability enables a high level of steel penetration so complete vehicles can be scanned, thereby increasing effectiveness.
Cyber systems enable the US Marine Transportation System (MTS) to operate with speed and efficiency, however there is the potential for vulnerabilities. Good practice in terms of port cyber security can reduce the risk of your IT infrastructure being breached.
Persistent low-level crime & the threat of terrorism at ports & terminals are big security issues for Port Facility Security Officers ( PFSO ), which are often overshaddowed by the threat shipping faces from maritime piracy. Robust security plans must be in place at all levels in ports & terminals, that surpass the requirements of the International Ship & Port Facility Security ( ISPS ) code.
Though some models existed earlier, modern Portable Pilot Units (PPUs) have come on in leaps and bounds since the turn of the century. This article looks at the development of Navicom Dynamics’ PPUs as well as some sample situations where PPUs were used to improve safety and/or efficiency.
Recent advances in battery power technology have led to the emergence, as with ZeroCat, of battery units capable of propelling ships. This in turn has resulted in a new and growing requirement for equipment capable of re-charging ships’ battery power packs while they are berthed. Cavotec’s extensive expertise in this field supports operators and engineering contractors to define the optimum APS system according to the individual requirements of specific applications and vessels.