By request and In cooperation with the US Goverment, the Belgian Port of Antwerp will equip all of its Container Terminals with High tech Nuclear
detectors and will hire over a 100 extra customs officers, specialized and trained in Nuclear detection and handling of Nuclear materials.
By July 2007, all 10 container terminals, in the port of Antwerp, will be equiped with 54 Nuclear detection gates.
With these gates, all containers passing trough the port of Antwerp will be checked for presence of nuclear materials.
'These gates are an important addition to ongoing battle agains the worldwide transportation of Weapons of Mass Destruction" said Noël Colpin,
administrator of Customs.
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This technology upgrade in Antwerp is an initiative initiated by the US Department of Energy, for now, the largest undertaking of this kind.
The US Department of Energy will pay for the hard and software of these systems (both measurement systems and computer systems) and the Belgian
customs services will hire over a 100 new people trained and specialized in detection and handling of nuclear and other types of hazardous
These new systems and the previously installed MRI like container scanners should make the transport of illegal goods and persons another degree
Now lets hope that the next step in these systems upgrades will include more advanced ways of detecting drugs hidden in containers. Imho, drugs is
still the biggest problem and type of illegal goods hidden in containers.
Just last year they found 100 kilo's of pure Cocaine which has a street value in the 100's of millions if not billions.
I also have to say that this method of battling the War on Terror and against worldwide illegal transportation of hazardous and illegal materials does
much more good then blowing up a country or 2.
If you halt the ability to get these materials around the world, the only thing terrorists can do is blow themselves up in the leisure of their own
homes instead of deliberatly or accidentaly doing it in our countries.