Cargo Security Study Sponsored By Government

Cargo security at the Port of Oakland, Calif., is the subject of a pilot study by the public accounting and management consulting firm of Coopers & Lybrand, under U.S. Department of Transportation sponsorship.

The aim of the analysis is to assist the Port of Oakland in developing a strong loss prevention program to serve as a model for other U.S. ports.

The study will begin with an examination of current operations and management practices at the West Coast's largest intermodal port, focusing on liability patterns, areas of potential cargo loss and effectiveness of existing security measures.

From these analyses, recommendations will be made for improvements in documentation and physical s e c u r i t y procedures where necessary, particularly at points of intermodal interface— that is, where cargo transfers are made among steamship, truck and railroad train—as well as acquisition of cost-effective cargo security hardware and enhanced coordination of security activities by federal, state and local agencies.

The Port of Oakland Cargo Security Study is being funded by the DOT under authorization of Executive Order 11836, which in 1975 required the Secretary of Transportation to assist the transportation industry by providing technical assistance and arranging demonstration projects relating to cargo security. Seaport terminal areas are the most critical element in the loss prevention equation, according to the DOT.

The Port of Oakland study, which began in mid-April, is being conducted by a team of management consultants from the Bay Area offices of Coopers & Lybrand. This team of consultants was formed to provide the necessary EDP, industrial engineering, systems analysis, security and facilities expertise to conduct the study.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 16,  Sep 1978

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