Radiation Detection: The Achilles Heel of the Modern Port?

July 06, 2015

No modern port underestimates the importance of cargo screening – from weapons and narcotics interdiction to customs enforcement to early detection of potential terrorist threats, screening inbound cargo containers is a necessary task.  But the threat climate facing ports is not static, nor is the rate at which illegal or illicit materials enter ports of commerce, making it vital that port operators be ever vigilant for new threats and for emerging methods to detect existing dangers.

Increasingly, this means preparing port screening operations for radiation and nuclear material detection, a far, far trickier task than simply scanning containers for weapons or contraband.  And for good reason – historically, rad/nuke detection could easily become a serious challenge to the flow of commerce in-and-out of a given port.

Read the full article online at Maritime Executive.