Prior to the Department of Energy and US Customs and Border Protection Service requesting that the system be sent to Los Alamos for testing, the CPS spreader-mounted container scanning system previously completed formal performance evaluation between April 2008 and September 2008 at the Port of Charleston and the Port of Tacoma.
“The successful completion of the evaluations are important milestones in the development of CPS,” said Troy Thompson, CPS president. “In a very short time terminals are going to need container security solutions that comply with the US container security initiative, but which achieve the security objective without compromising port productivity. At a time when the global economy is undergoing significant strains, we need security solutions that do not add ‘an extra security step’ in transhipment and intermodal operations, but which perform container scanning in the normal course of spreader operations. The system from CPS performs at a very high scanning standard without slowing terminal operations.”
The CPS spreader-mounted solution performs gamma and neutron sensitivity scanning during the movement of the container in the normal ship-to-shore load/unload process, and is designed to meet the US requirement for 100% inbound container scanning by 2012, without compromising overall terminal productivity. Field evaluation by US Customs and Border Protection Service resulted in the detection and identification of radiological materials at all points tested across the container.