Switzerland-based Arktis Radiation Detectors, along with its distributor partner for the Benelux region Bavak Security Group, has been chosen to provide nuclear detection systems to the Belgian Government for use at the Port of Antwerp.

As part of the deal, Arktis and Bavak will supply radiation detection equipment, which will be installed at the container terminal located at the Left Bank in the Port of Antwerp.

The equipment includes Arktis’ Flash radiation portal monitors and two Modes_Snm mobile radiation detection systems.

"We look forward to supplying our customer with systems that will play a key role helping to secure the port."

Bavak will integrate as well as provide technical support and maintenance during the contract.

Arktis Radiation Detection Systems CEO Rico Chandra said: “Bavak have a long history of working with Belgian customs.

“Together we look forward to supplying our customer with systems that will play a key role helping to secure the port and therefore the world’s wider shipping network from the movement of dangerous cargo and nuclear materials.

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“Arktis' radiation detection technology was partially developed with funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) under its SIGMA programme, which aims to ‘revolutionise detection and deterrent capabilities for countering nuclear terrorism.”

By handling over 9.6 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) per year of cargo, Port of Antwerp has become the second largest port in Europe.  

The equipment to be provided by Arktis and Bavak will help Belgian customs to monitor the import and export of goods through the port, as well as spot any suspicious or hazardous materials.

In January, Arktis announced that it received new investments from a group headed by venture capital firm b-to-v Partners.

The investment will help the company to support its plan to expand its sales force as well as increase global market coverage and prepare production for volume manufacturing.