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Cayman's border protection enhanced with new high-tech cargo scanner

Local News 03 Feb, 2022 Follow News

Cayman's border protection enhanced with new high-tech cargo scanner

Customs and Border Control Service (CBC) now has greater capability in intercepting contraband and undeclared items entering the country thanks to a newly installed high-tech cargo scanner at the Freight Security Initiative (FSI) location.
The scanner combines high-energy x-ray imaging with integrated equipment identification to help the relevant officers inspect cargo containers for nuclear material, weapons, hazardous material, contraband, undeclared cargo, and other items of interest.

CBC Director Charles Clifford said, “This new scanning system will enhance CBC’s law enforcement capabilities and support our interdiction efforts to reduce the illicit importation of drugs, firearms, and other weapons. It is a critical component of our overall border control strategy and is complemented by tactical physical inspections and intelligence-led risk management activities”

On average, the Cayman Islands receives approximately 20,586 containers, ranging in size from 20 feet to over 45 feet, for distribution per year. Past experience has demonstrated that non-intrusive screening of containers entering the Islands is successful at detecting undeclared goods and various contraband.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Border Control & Labour Hon. Chris Saunders said, “The Cayman Islands Government considers border security a high priority and will continue to take all necessary measures to keep our Islands safe. As a Government, we are steadfast in our commitment to ensuring that the Cayman Islands remains one of the safest places in the world to live, work and vacation. This project is certainly an important part of our overall strategy to achieve this objective.”

The new non-intrusive cargo scanner uses low-dose radiation, which allows it to be installed without shield walls or containment structures of any kind.
 

Senior CBC Deputy Bruce Smith said, “This new cargo scanner allows CBC to strengthen its law enforcement capabilities by using advanced screening technology that can anticipate and detect potential threats quickly and safely. This helps us to facilitate the legitimate flow of cargo entering the country while also ensuring that our officers can carry out their duties in a safe manner.”

American defense, aviation, information technology, and biomedical research company Leidos was chosen to supply the new scanner after a thorough procurement process. Leidos has over 50 years’ experience in delivering critical technology solutions to a wide range of customers around the world.

Leidos Ports & Borders Vice-President George Walther-Meade said, “Leidos is excited to provide the latest technological advancements to support the Cayman Islands Government’s essential mission. This effort requires screening technology that is fast, frictionless and fully integrated. We are honoured to supply our VACIS® IP6500 non-intrusive inspection system to assist the Cayman Islands Government as it increases screening on over 20,000 containers a year.”

CBC officers have undergone a full operators training course to bolster the effectiveness of the system and systems testing has also been completed.


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