GPA Prepares for Disasters

Marinelink.com
Thursday, July 18, 2013

Mobile HQ can operate from any location in emergency situations.

 
In the case of a hurricane or any other natural or man-made disaster Georgia Ports Authority’s new Mobile Command Center ensures that data is safe and port operations can continue. (GPA Photo/Stephen Morton)

The Georgia Ports Authority recently unveiled a new Mobile Command Center (MCC). The MCC is a deployable unit from which the GPA can manage its entire operation.

In the case of a hurricane or any other natural or man-made disaster the new unit ensures that data is safe and port operations can continue. The MCC is part of GPA’s hurricane preparedness plan.

“With our location on the East Coast, we know it is important to be prepared for storms that might affect our operation,” said Executive Director Curtis Foltz. “Creating this Mobile Command Center through a partnership with our Port Police and Information Technology teams is one way we can assure our business partners that their information is safe and their cargo will continue to move in the most efficient way possible immediately after - and sometimes even during - an emergency situation.”

Bill Sutton, GPA’s Director of Information Technology, said that the 53-foot-long Mobile Command Center consists of sections dedicated to security and information technology. There are three Port Police workstations and 11 general access workstations along with the crucial computer systems required to resume operations in case of a disaster.

“The Mobile Command Center contains all of the information, records and capability required to operate the port remotely and securely,” Sutton said. “The value of this project really is piece of mind for GPA customers.”


 
For security, the MCC is equipped with cameras, computers and six Apex Radios connected to two Motorola MIP 5000 dispatch consoles. Flat screen televisions display live footage from GPA’s security cameras. Cameras located at the MCC’s entrance and on the roof allow for 360 degree surveillance of the immediate surroundings.

In the event of a natural disaster or other emergency, the MCC will be a critical link to restarting service and avoiding delays in cargo movement.

The MCC cost just over $1.5 million and was paid for in part through Port Security Grants funded by the Department of Homeland Security. Federal money covered 75 percent of the project and the GPA invested 25 percent. The GPA also invested additional funds in the data center replica.

GPA chairman Bob Jepson noted that the command center, built by Farber specialty vehicles, has shore-power hook-up, but can also be operated by power produced from an on-board
generator. It is currently located at GPA’s Garden City Terminal, but can be deployed anywhere, pulled by a standard over-the-road truck.
        
For Jepson the mobile unit is another facet of GPA’s superior customer care. “As our business continues to grow, it’s a priority of ours to protect it,” Jepson said. “This mobile unit ensures we can still provide efficient service despite an emergency situation.”

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 352,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $18.5 billion in income, $66.9 billion in revenue and $2.5 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. The Port of Savannah was the second busiest U.S. container port for the export of American goods by tonnage in FY2011. It also handled 8.7 percent of the U.S. containerized cargo volume and 12.5 percent of all U.S. containerized exports in FY2011.


 

Maritime Today


The Maritime Industry's original and most viewed E-News Service

Maritime Reporter January 2016 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Dynasafe Promotes Chas Reid

Dynasafe BACTEC Limited has appointed Chas Reid to International Marine Services Director.   Kevin Kneebone MD, Dynasafe BACTEC said, “Chas has over the last

Amazon Expands Logistics Reach in China

Amazon.com Inc is aggressively expanding its logistics operations in China as part of a broader effort to control the rising cost of shipping billions of packages.

OTC Names 2016 Award Winners

The 2016 Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) will honor this year’s Distinguished Achievement Award recipients on Tuesday, 3 May, in Houston.   As part of the

Ports

Obama’s Budget ‘Grossly Imbalanced’ For US Ports -AAPA

Landside freight transportation funds would increase; navigation, port security and emission reduction funds would drop    The American Association of Port Authorities

Port of Oakland Plans for Terminal Closure

Port of Oakland sets plan to shift cargo when terminal closes; ships move to neighbor berths; Saturday and night gates to help cargo flow   The Port of Oakland

N.Korea Shipper Skirts UN Sanctions, Gets Port Access

A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company continues to evade sanctions through its use of foreign-flagged ships, name changes and other means of obfuscation,

Environmental

All Ships’ Ballast Water Checked in Great Lakes Seaway

Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group releases 2015 ballast water management report    The Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG) released its

Tampa Bay Pilots Suspend Operations

Gale force winds and high sea conditions offshore making it unsafe for pilots to board have led the Tampa Bay Pilots to suspend all inbound and outbound vessel traffic as of about 5:20 a.

The Mississippi River and the 2016 Flood’s Impact on Dredging

The Mighty Mississippi River connects 31 states and 2 Canadian Provinces by a liquid superhighway that includes over 250 tributaries and features more miles of

Container Ships

Port of Oakland Plans for Terminal Closure

Port of Oakland sets plan to shift cargo when terminal closes; ships move to neighbor berths; Saturday and night gates to help cargo flow   The Port of Oakland

N.Korea Shipper Skirts UN Sanctions, Gets Port Access

A U.N.-blacklisted North Korean shipping company continues to evade sanctions through its use of foreign-flagged ships, name changes and other means of obfuscation,

Containers to Be Weighed Before Departure

In a new measure aiming to minimize the number of shipping accidents, packed containers intended to be carried on international sea voyages must be weighed before being loaded, starting July 1, 2016.

News

Obama’s Budget ‘Grossly Imbalanced’ For US Ports -AAPA

Landside freight transportation funds would increase; navigation, port security and emission reduction funds would drop    The American Association of Port Authorities

All Ships’ Ballast Water Checked in Great Lakes Seaway

Great Lakes Seaway Ballast Water Working Group releases 2015 ballast water management report    The Great Lakes Ballast Water Working Group (BWWG) released its

Port of Oakland Plans for Terminal Closure

Port of Oakland sets plan to shift cargo when terminal closes; ships move to neighbor berths; Saturday and night gates to help cargo flow   The Port of Oakland

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1312 sec (8 req/sec)