Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013 - (Page 18)

»FEATURE RADAR TECHNOLOGY OPENS UP FOR ALL PORTS Modern systems for vessel detection, tracking and alerting are helping ports big and small battle the threat from undetected small vessels. By Glenn Dunoff I n the never-ending race to keep up with technology, the largest ports have had a distinct advantage over smaller ports. Vessel traffic service and large allocations of Port Security Grant funds have given the largest ports a head start. But in one area within the realm of Maritime Domain Awareness, that advantage is shifting. When it comes to the detection and tracking of small vessels, smaller ports are also beginning to make advances. With modern security radars, costs have come way down, maintenance needs have plummeted and the capabilities have 3 2 1 8 The radar notifies the main computer. 4 Glenn Dunoff writes and speaks on topics related to Maritime Domain Awareness, security radars and thermal imaging cameras.Glenn can be reached at or (800) 561-1769. The main computer sends an alert to whichever parties the port chooses. 5 A pulse doppler radar detects the boat and determines that it has entered a forbidden area. The software sends the boat's location to a long-range thermal infrared camera capable of seeing objects in the dark. The thermal camera points at the boat and follows it. At 3:35 a.m., a criminal enters an unauthorized section of the ship channel. He is intent on stealing whatever he can from the docks. The local police arrive by car to assist. 7 18 increased sharply, allowing ports big and small to enhance their security capabilities. Port Fouchon and the Port of Morgan City are examples of two smaller ports that have recently invested in new vessel detection technology. In the graphic on this page, see a scenario that helps to explain how modern detection technology works. ● AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE The closest patrol boat receives instructions from the dispatcher to go to the intruder and apprehend. 6 The video feed from the thermal camera is instantly pushed to all of the agencies who need it so they can monitor the situation. Stakeholders include the harbormaster, Coast Guard, local and port police, sheriff's department and the port security director.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Securing Seaport Cyberspace
Ces Operators Work in Partnership With Port Communities
Radar Technology Opens Up for All Ports
Mccs Keep Ports Running in Case of Emergency
Seaport Industry Gathers in Central Florida for Aapa Annual Convention
Forging His Own Path
All States Depend on Maritime Trade Growth
Maritime Security: 10 Years of Partnerships
Cybersecurity a Growing Threat to Maritime Security
Port Metro Vancouver Announces Funding for Security Expansion
Jamaica-U.n. Sign Mou to Improve Port Security
Integrated Management System Addresses Security at Bahia Blanca
Coastal Trident Training Program Tests Hueneme’s Preparedness
Index of Advertisers

Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013