Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is rolling out advanced security system with an investment of ZAR800m ($53m) to boost security of the ports in South Africa.
The system is expected to help protect customer cargo, users of the port and Transnet’s own port assets and employees.
TNPA chief executive Richard Vallihu was quoted by Marinelink.com as saying: "The National Ports Act 12 of 2005 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code of 2004 dictate that we as a port authority implement measures to assist in detecting security threats and take preventative measures against security incidents that may affect ships or port facilities used in international trade."
Common security threats such as stowaways, theft or damage of cargo and assets are said to have prompted TNPA to invest in security systems.
A control room, renovated and equipped with the latest security system at the Port of Durban, has been the first to go live last week.
The Durban port has been installed with video walls and a vehicle security system to bolster license plate recognition within the port perimeters.
High-definition CCTV systems will be integrated between all port sites and the head office in order to get a complete picture of the port security landscape.
The security systems that are being installed across various ports include 2,100 high definition cameras, as well as long range cameras in order to monitor entrances and outer anchorages at all ports.
Installation of the latest advanced system is expected to position the South African ports as ‘smartpeoplePORTS’.
Last year, ‘smart’ port systems comprising web-based Integrated Port Management System (IPMS) were introduced at eight ports.