DP World London Gateway
PTS CONSULTING ACTED AS SECURITY AND RISK ASSESSMENT CONSULTANTS TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A DEEP-WATER PORT COVERING 6.1 SQ. KM.
| RIVER THAMES, STANDFORD-LE-HOPE
| PHYSICAL SECURITY
| £1.9 BN PROJECT
- Allowed DP World to focus on core competence and activity by outsourcing security to niche experts
- Established client as though-leader in marine security
- Ensured the use of best-of-breed component technology
- Enhanced reputation for Client after solution impressed industry peers with resiliency and innovation
- Convergence of fragmented solutions into 'showpiece' unified, scalable solution
The initial remit expanded to include PSIM and access control after the Client was impressed with PTS’ solution for CCTV and perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS). This design involved cameras and a control room with our staff holding interactive workshops to ensure the solution was fit for purpose.
Tasked with designing an overall physical security strategy that would optimise the integrity of the port and facilitate the work of the Home Office UK Border Agency, the Client engaged PTS to work on the project.
Environmental issues were at a premium, with the Client employing a five-strong team during design and construction to minimise the impact of system design on wildlife in the Thames and its estuary waters in Stanford-le-Hope. Wildlife included harbour seals and wading birds.
Our response was a robust, integrated and unobtrusive security strategy that was in sympathy with the natural environment on the north bank of the river. PTS advised on and implemented equipment across, wide-area surveillance, PIDS, access control and PSIM.
As PTS’ role in the project grew, the Consultancy was able to consolidate what would have been separate access control systems. The site benefits from a single hierarchical solution which works across several disciplines, including card readers and biometric identification through fingerprint reading. It is a requirement of the ISPS code that marine facilities have escalated levels of access control.
The extent of PTS’ commitment to the project is illustrated by the fact that one of our Directors qualified as a certified Port Facility Security Officer to optimise our response and communicate as effectively as possible with senior site personnel.
ISPS DEMARCATION LINE
A vital aspect was the creation of an ISPS demarcation line within which the Client and third parties conduct safety, welfare and security reviews. The code demands that operators must define a perimeter and have a declared method of monitoring that perimeter. This section of the port also houses the UK Border Agency whose security strategy includes monitoring of suspect vehicles.
The CCTV design includes intelligent video analytics, for which PTS wrote a performance specification and a thermal imaging system across the 600-acre site. A sterile zone was created to the i-LIDS performance criteria specified by the Scientific Development Branch of the Home Office which deals with vision-based detection systems.
PTS interacted with DP World’s IT department at all times, and this co-operation has meant that there is virtualised video storage and access control system hosting.
GRADUATED SEARCH LEVELS
Under normal operations, there are random searches at the ISPS perimeter line. As perceived threat levels rise, searches of people and containers are increased while dual authentication, such as the use of proximity cards and fingerprint readers, becomes mandatory.
Mustering is also a prime health and safety concern at London Gateway. PTS realised that in the event of an alarm, staff, contractors and visitors would be unlikely to use their badges as they left buildings. Our Consultants worked with DP World’s safety officers to integrate external pedestal-mounted badge muster readers into the system. Using an iPhone reporting app, marshals can check in real-time who is present after an evacuation. Further integration saw the access control system integrate with DP World’s time & attendance software.
London Gateway will have six berths when working to full capacity. The initial berth opened for shipping in November 2013 with the first vessel being a 30,000-ton South African freighter laden with automotive parts and fruit. arrival of the largest and most sophisticated port cranes in the world at the 2.7km container quay continues to create widespread media attention. The cranes weigh 1,848 tonnes and, at 138 metres, are taller than Nelson’s Column.
London Gateway addresses the simple fact that shipping lines are building bigger ships. The facility is at the forefront of innovation in the maritime sector and will use automated container handling systems and controls as cargo is transferred to the adjacent logistics park. It is likely that the site will move on to full PSIM integration as the port project matures and the adjacent logistics park develops.
A rail terminal runs parallel to the quay and is equipped to enable containers to be taken rapidly to and from the stacking bays to flatbed rail waggons for transportation.
London Gateway has better tide presence than its principal rival Felixstowe and civils work at the site has seen the Thames entrance way enlarged. The proximity of the logistics park will reduce the carbon footprint of all parties since ‘empty’ miles for container transport will be minimised. Speed to market will also be dramatically improved.