The state-of-the-art security system, which is jointly funded by the World Bank and the Kenyan government, will pave way for the port’s long term conformity with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards and compliance with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.
“The ISS will complement the visible and undercover patrols by all security agencies in the port,” Kenya Ports Authority’s head of security, Mohamed Morowa told reporters in an earlier interview.
The project that was started two years ago is being implemented by Magal Security Systems of Israel.
The hi-tech security system will also enhance sea surveillance while improving screening of containers to check against drugs, counterfeit products and other illicit goods.
Mombasa port security system project entails, among other things, the installation of an Access Control System (ACS) that will recognise number plates of vehicles entering the port, banning access to all other unauthorized vehicles.