Operation Raider invades waterfront facility

container inspectionU.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston hosted Operation Raider, a multi-agency strike force operation aimed at ensuring compliance with federal, state and local regulations pertaining to the safe shipment of maritime cargo.
The operation was comprised of several interagency teams strategically located throughout a local regulated waterfront facility.

“This operation was a huge success and that, consistently working in alignment with the Regional Coordinating Mechanism, facilitates interagency communication and productivity,” said Lt. Cmdr. Navin Griffin, the chief of waterways management and facilities at Sector Houston-Galveston.

Operation Raider serves as a valuable cross-training opportunity for participants by providing exposure to various inspection and enforcement protocols as well as the resources employed by the different agencies present. Leveraging the jurisdictional authorities of each agency, the interagency teams thoroughly inspect containers, bulk liquid tanks, tractor trailers, trucks, and the truck drivers.

Subsequently, 260 Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) were verified, 111 hazardous material container were inspected, 389 containers were scanned through the Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System, 16 vehicles searched and 148 IRS fuel compliance inspections were conducted.

Significant benefits come from interagency coordination during this type of operation. As a result of this operation, new methodologies were established to better exchange critical information, track resources and produce training regimens, all of which are invaluable for maintaining port safety and security.container inspection

Resources were drawn from the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Internal Revenue Service, Transportation Security Administration, Federal Rail Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Pipeline and Hazardous Material Safety Administration, National Cargo Bureau, Port of Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff Department and Houston Police Department.