SECURITY blitzes at the Port of Portland are having the desired impact.
Port chief executive officer Jim Cooper said he was extremely pleased with the existing permit system in place for people entering and working within the port security regulated area.
“The recent results from a blitz held by Customs shows this,” he said.
“They are good results considering we are in a low security risk environment … the infringements that did happen were relatively minor and the people concerned were travelling with people who were carrying valid Port Entry Permits (PEPs).”
Port security officer and deputy harbour master Syed Hussain said the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service held a security blitz at the port on March 11.
“During this blitz personal identification and the PEP (Port Entry Permit) of all persons entering in the port were checked by Customs with the following results:
- One person (an agent) was found to have entered the port security regulated area without a PEP, although he had held a valid PEP that was left in his office while he jumped in the car with another colleague with a valid PEP.
- One vehicle with three passengers was found to have one passenger in his vehicle who did not possess a PEP and another passenger had an expired PEP.”
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