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Cargo Security Study
Sponsored By Government
Cargo security at the Port of
Oakland, Calif., is the subject of a pilot study by the public ac- counting and management con- sulting firm of Coopers & Ly- brand, under U.S. Department of
The aim of the analysis is to assist the Port of Oakland in de- veloping 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 pat- terns, areas of potential cargo loss and effectiveness of existing security measures.
From these analyses, recom- mendations will be made for im- provements in documentation and physical security 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 acqui- sition of cost-effective cargo se- curity hardware and enhanced co- ordination of security activities by federal, state and local agen- cies.
The Port of Oakland Cargo Se- curity Study is being funded by the DOT under authorization of
Executive Order 11836, which in 1975 required the Secretary of
Transportation to assist the trans- portation industry by providing technical assistance and arrang- ing demonstration projects re- lating to cargo security. Seaport terminal areas are the most criti- cal element in the loss prevention equation, according to the DOT.
The Port of Oakland study, which began in mid-April, is be- ing conducted by a team of man- agement consultants from the
Bay Area offices of Coopers &
Lybrand. This team of consult- ants was formed to provide the necessary EDP, industrial engi- neering, systems analysis, secu- rity and facilities expertise to conduct the study.
Todd Pacific Shipyards Launches
Guided Missile Frigate Wadsworth (FFG-9)
Wadsworth (FFG-9), shown sliding down building ways at Todd Pacific Shipyards
Corp. Los Angeles Division, was launched 106 days ahead of contractural date.
Launching ceremonies were held at Todd Pacific Shipyards Los An- geles (Calif.) Division on July 29, 1978, for the Guided Missile Frig- ate Wadsworth (FFG-9). This was the first launching of FFG-7
Class vessels at this division, which currently holds contracts for a total of nine ships, and this significant event was completed 106 days ahead of the contract- ural date.
Todd Pacific's Seattle (Wash.)
Division also has eight of this class frigate under contract. The
Wadsworth is the third ship of the fleet named in honor of Com- modore Alexander Scammel Wads- worth, USN.
She commemorates a name made famous in American de- stroyer history by the former de- stroyer USS Wadsworth (DD-60), flagship of the first division of
American destroyers to the Brit- ish Isles during World War I, and the former destroyer USS Wads- worth (DD-516), which earned seven battle stars and the Presi- dential Unit Citation for combat operations during World War II.
Alexander Scammel Wadsworth was born in 1790 at Portland,
Maine. He was appointed midship- man on April 2, 1804, and pro- moted to lieutenant on April 21, 1810. He was the second lieuten- ant of the frigate Constitution during her escape from the Brit- ish Fleet, and took part in the engagement with the Guerriere
August 19, 1812, for which he re- ceived a silver medal and the thanks of Congress. He later com- manded the Pacific Squadron 1824-36, was Navy Commissioner 1834-40, and was Inspector of
Ordnance 1841-50. Commodore
Wadsworth died at Washington,
D.C. April 5, 1851.
John T. Gilbride, chairman, Todd Ship- yards Corp., speaking at ceremonies pre- ceding launching of Wadsworth (FFG-9).
The vessel is 445 feet in length overall, has a beam of 47 feet, a full load displacement of about 3,600 tons, and will carry a com- plement of 17 officers and 168 en- listed men.
She will be powered by two gas turbine main propulsion engines, driving a single controllable, re- versible pitch propeller, and will be capable of speeds in excess of 28 knots. The Wadsworth will carry a single launcher for Har- poon and Standard Missiles, two antisubmarine helicopters, one 76-mm rapid fire gun, and two triple tubes for antisubmarine torpedoes.
The principal speaker for the launch ceremonies was the Hon- orable Glenn M. Anderson, U.S.
House of Representatives, Cali- fornia, 32nd District. Congress- man Anderson stressed that "the addition of this ship to the U.S.
Navy is visible evidence, despite the claims of some, that we are not abandoning our Navy and relegating it to second or third class status." He also pointed out
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