Port of Panama City getting radiation detector
The Port of Panama City in Florida will get a radiation detection screener from U.S. Customs and Border Protection in July, according to an Associated Press report.
The equipment is used to check inbound cargo for nuclear devices and other sources of radiation on incoming cargo.
Panama City is primarily a breakbulk port, but it has seen increasing container traffic since the hurricanes of 2005 devastated more westerly ports on the Gulf Coast. Port officials say that through the first four months of 2007, Panama City had handled some 4,000 inbound containers.
The radiation detection devices are already in place at Florida's larger container ports.