Maritime Surveillance to be Ramped Up

first_imgRelatedLanding Restriction Placed on Persons From Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Maritime Surveillance to be Ramped UpJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedNational Security Minister calls on Caribbean and Latin America to Face Ebola Threat with Militancy National Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, says the country’s maritime surveillance capacity, encompassing monitoring of the country’s territorial waters, will have to be ramped up, as part of the Government’s Ebola preparedness and response mechanism.This will entail boosting the capabilities of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard, and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Marine Police Division, he noted.The Minister was speaking at Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited’s presentation of a $4.3 million cheque for the acquisition of a thermal temperature scanner, at the entity’s New Kingston head office, on October 21.Noting that approximately 99 per cent of persons entering Jamaica do so through the formal ports of entry, Mr. Bunting said “most of the angles,” in terms of Ebola surveillance and that of other activities, are covered by the state agencies responsible for border control.However,  he said that with the prevalence of illicit activities, such as smuggling, where “we have had a fairly active guns-for-drugs trade,” involving a number of Caribbean islands, particularly those in close proximity to Jamaica, “that is also an area that we could be exposed to Ebola.”“So, while one primary area of (our Ebola surveillance) focus will be our formal sea and airports, another another potential area that we are focusing on is ramping up the maritime surveillance capabilities,” Mr. Bunting assured.The thermal temperature scanner, which is being acquired from Canada, will be installed at Montego Bay’s Sangster International Airport. Maritime Surveillance to be Ramped Up National SecurityOctober 21, 2014Written by: Douglas McIntosh Advertisementscenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerNational Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting (left), addresses journalists during Tuesday’s (October 21) media briefing at Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited’s Corporate offices in New Kingston, to announce the financial institution’s funding of a state-of-the-art thermal temperature scanner, being acquired from Canada at a cost of approximately $4.3 million (US$38,000). The machine will be installed at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay. A cheque in the sum was symbolically presented to Mr. Bunting, and Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA) Chief Executive Officer, Jennifer McDonald, by Sagicor President and Chief Executive Officer, Richard Byles (right). RelatedPolice and Lotteries Commission Ramp Up Efforts to Tackle Illegal Gaming Story HighlightsNational Security Minister, Hon. Peter Bunting, says the country’s maritime surveillance capacity will have to be ramped up, as part of the Government’s Ebola preparedness and response mechanism.This will entail boosting the capabilities of the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) Coast Guard, and the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Marine Police Division, he noted.The Minister was speaking at Sagicor Life Jamaica Limited’s presentation of a $4.3 million cheque for the acquisition of a thermal temperature scanner. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img

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