It’s A Boat, It’s A Car – It’s Dubai Customs Agents!
carrying hazardous and illegal substances can now be busted from a distance of
300 metres with the launch of a 1st-of-its-kind amphibious vehicle
designed by Dubai Customs.
solar-powered and environmentally friendly vehicle is being used by maritime
Customs inspectors at Dubai Creek to speed up the process of inspections.
like something out of a Disney movie, the vehicle is equipped with
sophisticated inspection gadgets and the latest technologies to work both on
land and in water.
officials say the amphibious vehicle can detect, scan, analyze
and document any illegal materials found in ships docked at Dubai Creek, before
sending the results to the main control room at Dubai Customs for follow-up.
the 1st amphibious laboratory in the world that can detect illegal
and hazardous substances, such as drugs and radioactive materials smuggled in
steamboats and wooden dhows, as it is has been equipped with advanced cameras
that can send live videos and images to the main control room,” said Sami Eisa,
the person behind the idea and manager of the intelligence department at Dubai
said the vehicle was needed to protect inspectors from several risks and
dangers such as inhaling toxic fumes, being exposed to radioactive materials or
getting bitten by snakes found on ships.
inspections can be done from a distance, without having to enter the ships and
putting their lives at risk. It also speeds the entire inspection process and
eases the overall trade,” he said. “Since it’s portable, we no longer require
fixed inspection devices at each port, which cost around Dh1 million each. The
amphibious car can be taken anywhere and can do the same job.”
said Dubai Customs is currently studying how many more of these amphibious
vehicles they want to create, since it has already proved very successful.