Carnival Cruise Line Rolls Out 3D X-Ray Security Scanning

Carnival Cruise Line's Miami terminal (file image courtesy Carnival)

Published Feb 7, 2019 3:29 PM by The Maritime Executive

Carnival Cruise Line is adding 3D x-ray security scanning at nine of its North American cruise ports, bringing the latest technology for travel and facility security to the cruise industry. 

VOTI Detection, a Canadian firm based in Montreal, took the contract for 91 of its 3D scanning units. VOTI president and CEO Rory Olson said in a statement that the design's durability in a maritime environment was a key factor, along with remote diagnosis capability and advanced imaging capability. 

VOTI claims that its equipment enhances detection and speeds up screening by giving operators a 3D view of the scanned object. The scanners save the imaging files in a format that allows them to be re-analyzed later if needed. 

"The addition of VOTI technology will enhance our existing security platforms," commented Dominick Froio Jr., Carnival Cruise Line's VP of security services. "The safety and security of our guests and crew is our top priority and the opportunity to deploy VOTI's 3D perspective imaging brings X-Ray screening to a new level of effectiveness and will ensure that we continue to lead the way when it comes to safety." 

Carnival has already begun deploying the units and expects to complete the rollout by the end of this month. 

Carnival Cruise Line also uses a visual identification security access system to restrict access to its ships to authorized passengers and crew. The system records the movement of guests and crew who enter and exit the ship and requires the capture of a security photo. In addition, a keycard system is used to identify authorized persons and control access during port calls.