New centre to strengthen surveillance of coasts

February 07, 2013 - 4:21:34 am

H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani visiting the Coasts and Borders Security Department in Simaisma, yesterday.

DOHA: Monitoring of Qatar’s coasts and territorial waters will now be made more stringent, with the opening of a new operations centre of the Coasts and Borders Security Department (CBSD) in Simaisma yesterday.

The Minister of State for Interior Affairs H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani inaugurated the facility which will boost surveillance and protection of Qatari coasts as part of the National Security Shield Project.

Director General of Public Security Staff Major General Saad bin Jassim Al Khulaifi, Assistant Chief of Staff (Operations) of Qatari Armed Forces Major General Ghanem bin Shaheen Al Ghanem and other senior officials of the Ministry of Interior and Qatari Armed Forces attended the ceremony.

Speaking after the inauguration, Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser said that the National Security Shield Project had accomplished a lot of achievements in security service in Qatar at all levels.

“It is an integrated marine, coastal and land security system that employs sophisticated technological means and it will contribute to achieving security throughout the country and raising the efficiency of security work of all authorities,” said the Minister. 

The Minister and the delegates toured the CBSD and were briefed on capabilities and equipment available at the centre, security services offered in the field of coastal protection and action mechanism of the security system within the National Security Shield Project.

During the opening ceremony, Project Director Staff Brigadier (Air) Mohammed Abdul Latif Al Mannai explained that the first phase of the project is enhancing security capabilities of the CBSD. 

He also displayed automatic identification network, including the ability to detect, identify and classify the target surfaces of country’s waters, and installation of automatic identification devices on offshore platforms.

“The project also includes creating a database for this system to minimise efforts required for classification and identification by military and security units in the area,” Brigadier Al Mannai said.

He said that the database can help in other purposes such as search, rescue, safety and environment.

Director of the CBSD, Brigadier (Navy) Ali Ahmed Saif Al Badeed, said that the new system employs the highest level of technology in the field of surveillance.  

“By opening of the centre today, we can monitor all our coasts and especially territorial waters,” he said.

The Peninsula