Cubic Applications, Inc., a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation, has won a contract from the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States to provide seaport security assessments and training for six ports along the Caribbean side of Panama.
The nine-month contract covers four container ports and two cruise ship terminals and will be performed by Cubic’s Maritime Security Directorate.
“This is a strategic win-win project for both the Organization of American States and Cubic,” said Al Sargeant, vice president and general manager of the information operations division of Cubic Applications. “We understand that developing a truly effective maritime security program requires the full support of all maritime industry stakeholders.”
According to Cubic, the company will examine the ports’ physical security, cargo and access controls, customs procedures, critical infrastructure, screening techniques, passenger and cargo security and emergency consequence management. Cubic’s standard assessments include mitigation strategies and an analysis of officers’ security skills, counterterrorism and law enforcement operations.
“We review their overall security posture, and put together a series of reports which we send to the OAS,” stated Peter Miller, director of maritime security programs for Cubic Applications. “We also conduct a port security training assessment of each of the facilities, and that training report is also submitted to the OAS, who will decide what training to provide.”
OAS will review the assessments submitted by Cubic and approve the suggested training plans.