American Science and Engineering, Inc. (ASE) announced an order for X-ray inspection systems from the private Port of Sokhna, which is owned by Egyptian Container Handling Company and operated by Sokhna Port
. The Port of Sokhna is a new commercial port and industrial complex on the strategically vital Red Sea, located a short distance from Cairo. The order includes AS&E's new high-energy Shaped Energy(TM) system for sea container inspection, as well as two parcel X-ray systems for small cargo moving through the port. This order comes on the heels of a major drug seizure generated by an AS&E MobileSearch(TM) system deployed at the Port of Nueibaa, Egypt. AS&E's patented Shaped Energy(TM) technology - capable of penetrating 25 centimeters (10 inches) of solid steel - shapes the high-energy X-ray spectrum to reduce radiation that is unnecessary for achieving penetration. In so doing, the technology provides a high-energy, penetrating X-ray without the attendant problems of hazardous radiation. In addition, these systems employ Z(R) Backscatter detection for dual-sided imaging - a technology that maximizes organic and inorganic contraband detection by producing photo-like images, allowing rapid analysis of containers. "This order adds to our growing presence in the Middle East," said Ralph Sheridan, CEO and President. "Sixty-seven AS&E cargo
inspection systems have been deployed in 10 different countries. Seventeen are operating in the Middle East with 10 units located at airports, seaports and borders in Egypt. The Sokhna project is the first Shaped Energy(TM) order from a commercial customer, signifying a growing interest by the private sector in taking responsibility for port inspection. Post-9/11, commercial operators recognize their responsibility to protect cargo logistics form terrorism and other cargo crimes including drug smuggling and trade fraud. By establishing strong security practices, these operators enhance the value of their ports to world trade."