|FYI — May 2005|
|By Brad Dunn|
A Word With... Mary Beth Lawton-Johnson
Q: What’s the biggest difference between cooking at sea versus on land?
Q: Do you have any memorable disasters?
Q: What’s the best part of being a chef?
Q: What would you say to an aspiring megayacht chef?
In February the agency unveiled its new high-tech underwater security system, two years in the making, to prevent terrorists from planting bombs on cruise ships, oil tankers, and merchant vessels. The defense measure is two-pronged. First, trained divers and robotic cameras with spotlights will now routinely check ship hulls and piers for suspicious activity. Second, a high-tech sonar system will detect suspicious divers and sound an alarm, while large underwater loudspeakers will blast verbal warning messages and, if necessary, high-pressure pulses of air or water to send shock waves to anyone who gets too close to docked ships.
“The threats to our ports and waterways come in many forms,” says Admiral Thomas Collins. “The Coast Guard is making every effort to address each potential vulnerability to thwart those who wish to damage this vital part of our nation’s infrastructure.”
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This article originally appeared in the April 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.