Guam - A memorandum of understanding was signed this morning
between the Port Authority of Guam and the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency as
a major step in beefing up the security at our island's only seaport. The document
was signed to utilize a mobile container vehicle screening system.
From invasive species to other illegal materials found in cargo, Port
general manager Joanne Brown discussed the benefits of the system, saying,
"This equipment will allow us certainly to expand beyond our current
ability to go in physically inspect the cargo. There are biohazards and other
things we have not had the capability in the past to detect." and Guam
homeland security advisor Pedro Leon Guerrero added, "The other thing is
it allows us seaborne detection, biological, chemical, radiological, nuclear
and explosive detection, that's a major point."
The machine will bring the Guam port up to par with other seaports
nationwide. The equipment is set to arrive in January next year.