The strange looking vehicle at the Barbados Port is call an HCV – Heimann Cargo Vision. We haven’t seen anything in the local media about it so when we saw a post at Big Lorry Blog we
stole borrowed their photo in the hopes that some of our readers could contribute to the story.
Does anyone know how much this thing is actually used because I haven’t seen it used once, but then again I wasn’t looking for it and now I will when I pass by the port.
I’m also wondering about the serviceability and operational availability. Knowing how the ocean salt air kills computers and expensive cameras around this place and also knowing how expensive new government toys often end up sitting unserviceable sometimes for years (think Doppler Radar at the airport), it would be interesting to watch how much the HCV is actually used over time.
How much is the vehicle worth? Who paid for it? (Probably the USA???) Who pays for the upkeep? (Probably the Port???)
The HCV looks like it could be an extremely useful piece of equipment in cutting crime and ensuring safety – but only if it is used regularly and maintained as it should be.
Here’s what someone wrote as a comment at Big Lorry Blog. If you are interested in trucks and equipment, you’ll love Big Lorry Blog.
Built by Smiths Detection, the HCV-Mobile can inspect stationary vehicles or loads in the same fashion as airport imaging machines. The HCV-Mobile is a high-energy mobile system that can penetrate up to 270 mm steel for inspection of fully loaded trucks, vehicles and containers at the port. The vehicle-mounted HCV-Mobile can inspect up to 30 trucks per hour. Its detailed image resolution capability can be used to reveal smuggled goods, weapons and drugs.