Seaports Magazine - Winter 2013 - (Page 20)
MCCs KEEP PORTS
RUNNING IN CASE
Deployable units ensure port operations continue during times of disaster.
By Sarah Sain
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.
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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
"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
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
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