January 20, 2018

South Africa’s TNPA rolls out upgraded port security system

Transnet National Ports Authority is reconstructing the quay walls at Maydon Wharf – the largest break bulk and dry bulk handling precinct in the Port of Durban covering 120 ha of port land.
Transnet National Port Authority (TNPA) has enhanced its port security measures, a move which should benefit exporters of minerals to overseas markets.

Mining companies in South Africa and landlocked countries in the region will surely benefit from Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) investment in state-of-the-arts port security. Valuable minerals are vulnerable to theft.

So as to safeguard customer cargo, port users and Transnet’s own port assets, staff and contractors, Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has introduced a state-of-the-art port security system valued at R843 million. On the investment’s significance, Chief executive at TNPA, Richard Vallihu, comments: “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.”

Phumuzi Sigasa, head of TNPA’s Port Security Portfolio adds: “In conformance with regulations and our own Integrated Security Management Systems – Security Strategy Plan, we are rolling out an upgraded security system across our eight South African commercial ports and our head office in Johannesburg. CCTV is but one aspect of our broader integrated technological security system which encompasses technology, skills, systems and procedures.”

The CCTV system will be integrated between all port sites and the head office to give a bird’s eye view of the port security environment. It comprises 2100 high definition cameras across the various sites – more than double the previous 864 – as well as long range cameras to monitor all port channel entrances and outer anchorages.

The newly renovated control room located at the Port of Durban was the first to go live on 12 February 2016. It boasts state-of-the-art video walls for added visibility across the port. Vehicle security within the port perimeters will also be enhanced through license plate recognition.

The system will also facilitate increased night visibility through thermal imaging that can detect heat emitted by objects or bodies, especially in low visibility areas and through smoke, fog and haze.

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