Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013 - (Page 20)

»FEATURE MCCs KEEP PORTS RUNNING IN CASE OF EMERGENCY Deployable units ensure port operations continue during times of disaster. By Sarah Sain H urricanes. Earthquakes. Oil spills. Terrorist attacks. There are numerous reasons why a port may need to temporarily shut down operations - although, thankfully, those situations are usually rare. However, there is always the chance that such an event could take place, which makes it imperative for ports to have a plan in place to ensure that data remains secure and port operations continue safely and as scheduled. For more and more ports, mobile command centers - deployable units that enable a port to continue some or all operations, including communications, information technology and security - are becoming a key piece of technology in an effort to provide continued services during a disaster. New Centers Unveiled The Georgia Ports Authority's new mobile command center features 11 workstations that can continue all port operations in the event of a disaster. 20 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE Earlier this year, the Port of Seattle received a new MCC to replace its older communications vehicle. Then in July, Georgia Ports Authority unveiled its new MCC that can manage all operations at the port as part of its hurricane preparedness plan. "With our location on the East Coast, we know it is important to be prepared for storms that might affect our operation," says GPA Executive Director Curtis Foltz. "Creating this MCC through a partnership with our Port Police and Information Technology teams is one way we can assure our business partners that their information is safe and their cargo will continue to move in the most efficient way possible immediately after - and sometimes even during - an emergency situation." The 53-foot center contains 11 computer workstations, along with cameras, radios, dispatch consoles and flat-screen televisions. "Any port business can be conducted from one of these stations; whether it involves the movement of freight, or and administrative function such as finance or payroll. All systems are accessible through these work stations, says Bill Sutton, GPA's director of information technology. The MCC cost more than $1.5 million and was paid for in part through port

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