Cassidian protecting Africa’s biggest port


Cassidian has completed the integrated security system for the protection of Tanger Med harbour in northern Morocco, which will combat illegal immigration, terrorist attacks and smuggling in the biggest port in Africa and the Mediterranean Sea.

The Integrated MARitime SECurity (IMARSEC) system is now in full operation, Cassidian announced earlier this month. It includes video surveillance, video content analysis and maritime surveillance systems, an access control system that includes biometry and optical character recognition, a public address system, a communications network and a control room.

In addition to all the security measures that make up the system, Cassidian has installed its SecuriSyte port security management system, allowing the operators to manage the integrated subsystems with a single, unified interface.

The General Manager of the Tanger Med Port Authority (TMPA) Najlaa Diouri stated that, “We have chosen a world leader in aeronautics, space and defence as a partner to provide an efficient and innovative system, effective at any time and against any threat.”

Jens Nielsen, Head of Integrated Systems at Cassidian stated that, “Cassidian is proud to contribute with this highly sophisticated integrated security system to the protection of people, goods, maritime traffic and the environment within the port, coastal and maritime area of this international hub.”

The system is operated by most of the port security authorities such as customs and police, thereby fostering cooperation between these organisations, Cassidian said.

Tanger Med is the biggest port of Africa. Once Tanger Med II – the extension of the current facilities – has been completed in 2015, the harbour will have a total capacity of 8.5 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit), making it as well the biggest port in the Mediterranean Sea. The construction of Tanger Med was launched in 2004, and the first commercial operations began in 2007. Cassidian embarked on the project in 2008.