CMS determines the radiological properties of the container in the act of loading and discharging the container, thus it does not add an unnecessary step in the terminal operations.
The seaside gantry crane is the only natural portal common to most container terminals globally; therefore CMS scans containers that are inbound, outbound, ship-to-truck, ship-to-rail, ship-to-ship and ship-to-barge. Thus it satisfies the requirements for 100% scanning for inbound containers with next generation technologies as legislated in the SAFE Port Act of 2006. It also promotes and allows for the infinite variations of terminal configurations around the world. Additionally, this attribute allows for the repositioning and repurposing of existing technologies for maximum efficiency and added value.
There are approximately 4,000 quayside container cranes globally. Given its capacity to touch every container without disrupting the flow of commerce, the VeriSpreader® feasibly creates a reliable "perimeter" against which government and industry can lean to restart operations in the event of a nuclear incident.
Since every container must pass the forced portal of the crane, CMS seamlessly scans both inbound and outbound containers. Thus it generates built–in reciprocity to our overseas neighbours on outbound cargo, which allows the US to accelerate its country of origin requirements as legislated in the 9/11 Act.
No Dangerous Radiation
CMS uses passive detection devices. Thus it does not emit potentially harmful X-Ray or other active radioactive beams in the port environment.
CMS generates decision support data which can be transmitted anywhere and interpreted either by computer or human intervention. Thus, there is no need for additional staffing by either Customs authorities or the Terminal Operator as is the case with the existing truck portals. Additionally, unmanned solutions cannot be compromised, they do not panic, and they allow valuable, highly-trained human resources to be better focused and more productive in the field.
The crane spreader bar with a CMS device is the very last piece of equipment to handle a container as it is loaded and the very first to handle it as it is discharged. Thus CMS is ideally situated not only to certify a container as nuclear free at its port of origin, but also to verify it as such, with zero dwell time, at its destination port. At many ports it is common for inbound containers to sit un-scanned on the dockside for days before they pass through the truck portals at the exit gates.