JNPT becomes first Major Port to install Radiological Detection Equipment (RDE) at Road and Rail Gates

MUMBAI: The Marine Department of the port had initiated installation and commissioning of Radiological Detection Equipments at all the exit gates including the Rail Gates. As per MOS directives, the work was awarded to M/s Electronic Corporation of India (ECIL) in 2012 at a total cost of Rs.23.324 crores.

This security system would neither be a hindrance to the moving cargo nor will add another security clearance layer. RDE is mainly detection device that provides a passive, non-intrusive means to screen containers and pedestrians for the presence of nuclear and radioactive materials. This equipment alerts security personnel by means of audio/visual alarms locally and remotely. A camera which is part of the equipment records the number plate of the vehicle / image of the person in the event of alarm. The alarm events can also be sent as SMS alert on mobile to respective seaport and DAE authorities. These equipment are connected to centrally located control room to monitor and maintain the history of the events.

JNPT handles 80% of cargo by road transport and accordingly in the first phase the Radiological Detection Equipment has been installed at the points to check the truck containers. In the second phase all rail containers will also be scanned, for the Port to become 100% secure in handling radioactive materials. ECIL has already trained the CISF persons on this equipment and provided the operating procedures for the same to stabilize this process.

Twenty-eight  Vehicle Monitor Systems have been installed at the Road, Rail, Exit Gates.  Out of these 11  are at North Gate Complex, 3  at the South Gate Complex, 7  at Central Gate Complex and 7 at Railway Gates, in addition to the above one Limb monitor, each has been installed at South Gate and NSICT Gate. 10 Isotope Identifier, 10  Portable Radiation Detector and 10  Radiation Monitors which are hand held devices forming part of total system.

Six local control station have been commissioned at individual gates and have now been successfully connected through optic fibre to the Main Control Station at the North Gate Complex. M/s ECIL have successfully demonstrated the functionality of the entire system and CISF of the Port which specially trained to operate this system is monitoring on regular basis.

ECIL has appointed a Service Engineer to oversee entire system on round the clockwise basis as per terms and conditions with JNPT. With successfully installation and commissioning of the entire Radiological Detection Equipment system, JNP becomes first Major Port in the country to have installed RDE at all road and rail gates.