Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013 - (Page 18)
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
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
notifies the main
Glenn Dunoff writes and speaks on topics related to Maritime
Domain Awareness, security radars and thermal imaging cameras.Glenn can be reached at email@example.com or
The main computer
sends an alert to
the port chooses.
A pulse doppler
radar detects the
boat and determines
that it has entered a
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.
police arrive by
car to assist.
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.
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The closest patrol boat
receives instructions from the
dispatcher to go to the intruder
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
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013
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