Transfer of radiation detection system at Kaohsiung complete
By Joseph Yeh ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The United States government has transferred responsibility for the radiation detection equipment it installed at the Port of Kaohsiung to Taiwan, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) said yesterday.
October 1, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
The transition ceremony was held at the Kaohsiung Customs Building yesterday and was presided over by AIT Director Christopher Marut and Deputy Finance Minister Wu Tang-chieh (吳當傑), AIT said in a released statement.
“The transition recognized the successful U.S.-Taiwan cooperation in border monitoring and nuclear security and highlighted the strong partnership between the U.S. and Taiwan in affirming a shared commitment to international efforts to prevent nuclear smuggling across the globe,” the AIT said.
The ceremony marked the official transfer of responsibility for operation and maintenance of detection systems from the U.S. to Taiwan, which has worked since the beginning of the partnership to gain the skills and technical expertise necessary to maintain the system long-term.
Since 2007, U.S. Department of Energy's Second Line of Defense (SLD) program has been working to equip the Port of Kaohsiung with radiation detection equipment.
The SLD has been providing training to Taiwan's customs officials on how to operate and maintain the system and raising terminal operator's awareness of the potential danger of nuclear and other radioactive materials outside of regulatory control.
The SLD has provided three years of sustainability assistance, and Taiwan is taking over full responsibility as scheduled for one of the largest radiation detection systems installed in Asia, AIT said.
The SLD program provides radiation portal monitors (for detecting radiation), handheld devices (for identifying radioactive isotopes), optical character recognition technology (for identifying containers), communications equipment (for sending data to a central alarm station), training, and technical support to Taiwan.
The entire radiation detection system covers five of the port's six terminals, the AIT said.