Amaechi unveils ports surveillance technology

 By Moses Ebosele – 
  The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has unveiled a maritime security technology which tracks and records movement of vessels within the nation’s territorial waters.
  The security infrastructure monitors vessels within the nation’s ports in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Calabar and Onne.
According to Amaechi, the launching of the Command, Control, Communication and Intelligence System (CCCIS) would assist in boosting not just security but also in revenue.
He said: “It is pertinent to note that the development of this facility began with an approval in 2013 with the aim of providing Business Intelligence for the movement of vessels and Cargoes, as well as providing improved and secured communications within our waterways for enhancement of efficiency within the nation’s seaports”.
The technology offers long and short range video surveillance monitoring systems, among other software applications which are in line with the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the Ships and Ports Security (ISPS) Code.
With the technology, Amaechi assured the International community that Nigeria as a member IMO was determined to uphold the thrust of the apex regulatory body.
The Managing Director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Hadeza Usman in her submission explained that with the equipment,   NPA would be in a position assist the country in networking to surmount security and Safety challenges, not just within Nigeria, but also within the entire Gulf of Guinea.
She said, “This technology will enable the Nigerian Ports Authority, not just to generate adequate revenue, but also to ensure that all revenue leakages are blocked, in furtherance of the Federal Government efforts towards revitalising our economy.
“Let me reiterate that in the days ahead, the Nigerian Ports Authority will be playing pro-active roles in the digital space, ensuring that there is synergy and collaboration amongst relevant agencies such as Navy, NIMASA, Customs and other security and intelligence agencies, for the purpose of sharing information, documentation to enhance Maritime Safety, security, as well as block revenue leakages.
“It is pertinent to note that this project comprises of the Marine Operational Centre (MOC), which will enable the actual monitoring of vessels ; the Network Operations Centre (NOC) which is the support; and infrastructure data base, that stores all information, including recorded videos”.

One thought on “Amaechi unveils ports surveillance technology

Comments are closed.