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Port gets new high-tech gear to inspect containers

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - Every year the Port Authority of Guam moves an average of 100,000 containers a year. And today, new state of the art equipment was unveiled that will help officials detect and inspect what arrives in those containers.

"Those who break the law be aware: we will ultimately catch the drugs you bring in, or the illegal contraband that you bring in and we will find it with this device," warned Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio.   That device is the AS&E ZBV Backscatter van delivered just yesterday and unveiled today at the Port Authority of Guam. The state of the art mobile cargo container vehicle screening system is set to bring the Port of Guam into compliance and to the same level as other strategic ports in the US.

Port general manager Joanne Brown said, "So in terms of our security, in terms of our protection for not just national security, contraband and other weapons, the kind of things we don't want coming into Guam, to have this additional capability really enhances that." So along with inspecting, detecting and preventing any illegal contraband coming in and out of the Port, what else does the screening system do? The Port's security grant program manager Joe Javellana explained, saying, "The one good thing about this is because its mobile, if homeland security requires the resource to be taken to Tumon because of a suspicious package or any suspected vehicle that needs to be inspected, anywhere around the island or even a the airport, this can be deployed and go that site."

Javellana helped secure the $759,000 federal grant for the equipment. Guam Customs and Quarantine director Pedro Leon Guerrero says the vehicle will help fill another gap in ensuring security of our island, saying, "In a couple of years, we'll be taking over servicing the equipment we do have our own team that is going to be in charge of all our x-ray machines so that we make sure it's working right, trained right, maintained right and we have some accountability for overseas so they so we look forward to it."

Management note it took four years to see the screening system to fruition as it went through some procurement challenges. Training will be conducted on the screening system later this month. Brown hopes they'll start operating soon thereafter. 
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