Friday, January 8, 2016

FTV Security in Port

Security in port is very important to insure all personnel on board are safe. Both here in Buzzards Bay and in all of the ports we will be visiting we will have a security protocol to follow and execute.

One thing that cadets and crew take part in is standing watch. While in port the main job of these cadets it to maintain their watch station to make sure that only authorized people make it on the ship. How do the cadets know if someone is authorized to be on the ship at a given point in time? For the students we can use our student ID cards and swipe into the computer based muster sheet. For all visitors and or contractors they must sign in with valid government identification cards and be escorted around the ship wearing a visitor’s badge. During all of these watch times we have a gangway watch, quarterdeck watch, and in the ports of call we will be docked at we will have a bow and a stern look out to scan the surrounding area for any suspicious activity.

Sign in Board
All of this information is included in the ship's security plan that is confidential to authorized crew members on board. In addition to watch outside the ship we also have what are called Detex routes. 

This is when the freshmen cadet on watch roves the ship and goes to designated locations where he or she pushes a metal wand to a time sensor and recorder to make sure that the surrounding areas have nothing strange going on. All cadets are trained in security measures which is very beneficial so that we can all remain safe while on board. Aboard the TS Kennedy we have three seniors, Thong Tieu, Wylie Kolb, and Eric Demarines, who are in charge of the security system and are able to teach people and explain to other cadets what to do in specific situations. Thank you to all of them and the ship’s security crew for spearheading our security detail while at sea and in our ports of call on this 2016 Seaterm. 

Detex routes
Signage posted aboard explaining security measures. 
Whether you are on land or at sea a security alarm is a system designed to detect intrusion or  unauthorized entry into a building or area. Security alarms are used in residential, commercial, industrial, and military properties for protection against burglary (theft) or property damage, as well as personal protection against intruders.

Learn more about the design and use of these devices:

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