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Ship Security Officer Briefing On Ineffective explosives/drugs/stowaway detectors

Ship Security Officer Briefing On Ineffective explosives/drugs/stowaway detectors

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A number of ineffective detectors for explosives, drugs and stowaways are being promoted to ports and other high threat facilities worldwide. Aimed at ship security officers and others with a security remit this briefing paper provides information on the devices, how to recognise them, why they appear to work, why they do not work, and the hazards associated with them.
A number of ineffective detectors for explosives, drugs and stowaways are being promoted to ports and other high threat facilities worldwide. Aimed at ship security officers and others with a security remit this briefing paper provides information on the devices, how to recognise them, why they appear to work, why they do not work, and the hazards associated with them.

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Published by: bcouttie on Feb 20, 2011
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Briefing Paper 
Ineffective substance/stowaway detectors
The information in this paper may be freely distributed with appropriatecredit toMaritime Accident Casebook
Developed by Maritime Accident Casebook http://maritimeaccident.org
 
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A class of detector currently being marketed to and allegedly used within the ports and maritimeindustry for the long rang location of explosives, drugs and stowayas have proven ineffective infunctioning according to the manufacturers'/vendors claims. Ship security officers and others with asafety and security remit should be aware that use of these devices is not conducive to safety of crews,vessels or cargo, whether used aboard ship or by port security/law enforcement personnel, and that'false positives' generated using such devices may led to detention of vessels and/or crew on narcoticscharges while 'false nulls' may lead to hazardous substances or stoways being loaded aboard ship.SSOs and other with a safety remit should take appropriate precautions and actions when these devicesare in use.

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