DEL MAR, Calif. -- Homeland Security Technology, Inc. (a Division of Amnis, Inc. (Pink Sheets:AMNI)), announced today that HST, Inc. has been contracted to provide physical security support at Coronado Ferry Landing in response to increased security regulations imposed by the Department of Homeland Security.
On Monday, HST, Inc.'s Security Systems Division received a request to conduct a physical security evaluation at the Coronado Ferry Landing and implement procedures to comply with a heightened security profile taken by the Department of Homeland Security. In light of attacks in London, the United States Government raised the threat level from Code Yellow -- or Elevated -- to Code Orange -- or High -- targeted only to the mass transit portion of the transportation sector. This includes regional and inter-city passenger rail, subways and metropolitan bus systems. The Government also took steps to increase vigilance in other transportation systems including the ferry system.
"The San Diego Harbor Excursion Company was very responsive to the Department of Homeland Security, and in accordance with their established security procedures, they immediately requested a security evaluation to comply with regulations and guidance from the U.S. Coast Guard," commented Mark Wilson, HST Inc.'s Director of Security Systems Division. "On Tuesday morning I conducted a site survey and conducted liaison with the ferry crew and the U.S. Coast Guard. After giving recommendations to both the Ferry Landing General Manager and San Diego Harbor Excursions President, we implemented a physical security plan and had a uniformed security guard in place before the first ferry docked to take on passengers."
HST, Inc. said under the terms of the contract HST, Inc. will provide uniformed security guards at the dock during all departures and arrivals and will assist the ferry crew in screening passengers prior to boarding. During periods when the ferry is not at the dock, the uniformed security personnel will guard against unauthorized entries into the loading area. HST, Inc. said the contract will remain in place for at least thirty days with an automatic extension clause or as long as the threat level remains at High.
HST, Inc.'s CEO, Colonel Jeffrey Powers USMC (Ret), said, "San Diego Harbor Excursions should be commended for their fast response to increased security concerns and the professional way in which they implemented their security plan. This company transports thousands of riders every week. Visitors to San Diego should really feel good that a company like this is doing everything they can to ensure the safety of the riders."