Drone detection planned for Galveston cruise ships

2017-08-14T12:41:23+00:00 August 14th, 2017|Technology|

Galveston is considering new technology to detect drones flying over its cruise terminals and to help officials locate the drone operators.

“We have had a number of incidents in which drones have been flown over the cruise terminal complex, including the cruise ships,” said interim Galveston port director Peter Simons.

The first notable incident occurred in February, 2015 during a celebration to welcome the ‘Carnival Freedom’ to Galveston, according to local media.

Incidents have become more frequent since, despite regulations that prevent drones from coming within 400 ft of critical infrastructure buildings, such as the cruise terminal.

The US Coast Guard has also implemented a 100-yard security zone around cruise ships, Simons said.