New Delhi, Feb 18: After Mumbai attacks 2008, the vulnerability of Indian coastline has been exposed and terrorists may use shipping containers for the movement of nuclear weapons opined Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta on Wednesday, Feb 18.
“Today, 70-75 global cargo is containerised. It is acknowledged that the container is the most likely means for terrorist organisations to illegally transport a nuclear weapon and, hence, there is a serious concern about container security," he said while inaugurating a seminar organised by the National Maritime Foundation in New Delhi.
He was of the opinion that the country where a container leaves should go thorough scanning and safety certificates should be issued.
"Countries should certify that whichever container leaves the port is safe," Mehta added. He stressed on the need of setting up control rooms in the eastern and western naval command . This would facilitate greater synergy amongst the navy, he said.
"These (control rooms) are the measures we propose for greater coordination that a joint operation center functions from eastern and western command... We will have a composite control over maritime assets," Mehta said.
Advocating for a Container Security Initiative (CSI) of the United States for ensuring fool-proof container security at ports, Mehta said, "CSI should be integral part of a country's security system. And if it is applicable only to the traffic that is moving towards US, then it is not a complete fool proof system."
Answering a query on the threat from Taliban, he said, "I think that the type of low end threats such as light intensity operations, light intensity maritime operations and similar things will keep going on in future. We have to be certainly more concerned with these kinds of threats."