CICTE Advises Panama on Maritime Security
The Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE) reached an agreement with a California-based company called Cubic Applications, Inc., which will provide training for over 500 officials from the Port Authority of Panama on matters relating to maritime safety.
The initiative contributes to the fight against organized crime and includes –in addition to the prevention of terrorist activities– the fight against drug trafficking, arms trafficking, and human trafficking, among other criminal activities.
The contract covers from July 5, 2011 until March 13, 2012, and amounts to $1,211,600. The Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, is a strategic area of global and regional maritime trade, and the security in connection with its port operations is considered by CICTE to be of paramount importance.
Cubic Applications, Inc. will train staff in overseeing the control of security in restricted areas of both passenger and freight, and the company will also train port personnel in different scenarios of emergency and crisis management, law enforcement, and other possible vulnerabilities in passenger boats and cargo.
The agreement provides training for Panamanian Port Authority officials in cargo container and passenger terminals, with special emphasis on cruise ships. The security coverage area includes both public and private port terminals, docks, landing areas for tourists, routes, internal streets of the port terminals, waiting areas, adjacent areas, and all points considered to be high risk involving activities overseas.
With this agreement, Panama joins a long list of countries in the region that have already received –or it is expected that they will receive in the near future– training on maritime security thanks to the support of CICTE. The countries involved in this type of agreement are: Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Lucia, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Saint Vincent y the Grenadines Islands, Trinidad and Tobago, Honduras, Guatemala, Jamaica, Barbados, Colombia, and México.