Bulk carrier Ventura Transfer Co. today announced its Security Tactics Against Terrorism (STAT) plan, a combination of industry standards and common sense guidelines that it has identified as critical steps to ensure the safety of its drivers, equipment and loads.
"Security is one of the biggest concerns of our industry," said company president Brian Oken. "We believe it is our responsibility to reassure our customers, drivers and the people we share the road with that we have a sound plan in place to secure our vehicles, cargo and storage facilities."
According to the STAT plan guidelines, all Ventura terminals must be locked and secured during non-business hours, drivers of loaded trailers that are stopped in transit or held overnight must ensure that outlets are cable-sealed, and all tractors must be double-checked to ensure that they are securely locked before a terminal is closed for the night.
Ventura drivers must maintain regular two-way communication and ensure tracing capability. They will be trained to report any suspicious activities to the local police and to disclose information only to individuals with proper clearance.
They must always cable seal all tankcars when not being uploaded and all information must be documented. Tractor doors must also be locked, and all trailer and container doors have to be secured.