Delta Scientific, the leading manufacturer of counter-terrorist vehicle control systems used in the United States and internationally, today announced that its anti-terrorist barriers are now protecting the international cruise ship terminal at the Port of Sydney Harbour in Australia. Delta's DSC501 barriers lie flat in the road until activated, at which point they spring up at a 45-degree angle and effectively stop a speeding vehicle in its tracks.
"We are pleased that the Port of Sydney Harbour chose Delta Scientific barriers to protect this critical passenger terminal," emphasized Delta Scientific Senior Vice President David Dickinson. "The DSC501 was designed for the U.S. Navy, and has also been selected for use at U.S. embassies around the globe. We have installed over 1,000 of these high security barriers throughout the world."
The DSC501 barricade stops and destroys a 15,000 lb (66.7 kN) vehicle traveling 50 mph (80 kph). Set in a foundation only 18 inches (46 cm) deep, the Delta DSC501 is able to survive and operate after a 1.2 million foot pound impact. Upon extracting the vehicle after its crash test, the barricade was fully functional and performed a resounding 27,000 additional cycles.
At the Port of Sydney Harbour, the barriers prevent speeding vehicles from getting past the guard post at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay, where about 90 vessels are expected to dock during the busy summer months. Nearly 160,000 passengers are expected to come through the Port, representing a major facet of Australia's tourism industry.
The anti-terrorist barriers were installed as part of an effort to upgrade security at ports in the state of New South Wales. Other heightened security measures include closed circuit TV cameras, exclusion zones and security patrols.