The second field test of VeriTainer Corp.’s nuclear radiation scanner for cargo containers recently wrapped up at the Port of Oakland, where the crane-mounted device handled 24,178 “lifts” while simultaneously passively scanning each container for nuclear and radiological qualities. Based on the success of this test, the company said its device is out of the prototype phase and is now production-ready.
The Oakland Pilot Project II (OPPII) test of the company’s VeriSpreader has been ongoing since April 2 of this year at the Howard Terminal in Oakland, California – a test designed to push the efficiency, durability and seamlessness of the device to the limit in harsh and busy port environments. John Alioto, VeriTainer’s chairman and CEO, said the
Device’s uninterrupted performance and reliability means that port operators and steamship lines can focus on the swift movement of freight from ships to trucks and rail carriers without the threat of a breakdown in operations.
“We must constantly look to address the critical need of securing our domestic and international ports without compromising business efficiency,” he said. “This device is a viable tool for addressing by exception rather than rule the danger of nuclear terrorism delivered by container.”
The VeriSpreader’s patented technology assures that whether inbound or outbound, whether by truck, rail, short sea or transshipment, containerized cargo will be scanned because it must pass through the crane to be loaded or discharged to/from the oceangoing vessel, he said. Alioto noted that this technology is now production ready, with an order-to-delivery time of four to six months.