A major operation targeting maritime safety and heavy vehicles checked more than 750 vehicles and vessels in Portland last month as part of a joint effort between police and government agencies.
During Operation Crossway 54 penalty notices were issued for a range of traffic and maritime offences on April 27 and 28.
The two-day operation was to ensure heavy vehicle operators and associated companies were complying with road safety legislation, as well as ensuring the safety and security of the dock precinct was maintained through a range of cargo checks.
Over 750 people checks were conducted, including of heavy vehicles and cars, marine and port operations staff and crew of both local fishing industry and international vessels.
There were 350 checks of persons accessing port related areas, with four instances of identified breaches, and 27 of marine vessels, including boarding and compliance checks of four international vessels.
A Victoria police spokesman said multiple canine drug sweeps were conducted a well as physical searches of vehicles, vessels and individuals.
Automatic number plate recognition technology scanned more 2500 vehicles and 96 breath tests were conducted.
There were no positive results.
The spokesman said 72 preliminary oral fluid tests returned two positive test to drugs.
He said 54 penalty infringement notices were issued and 14 charges laid relating to criminal, driving or vehicle offences.
A further eight charges are expected to be laid on summons.
Operation Crossway involved Victorian police from the Heavy Vehicle Unit, Operations Response Unit, Technology Enforcement Support Unit, Portland and Hamilton Highway Patrols and local Portland police, along with Australian Border Force, the Department of Home Affairs, Maritime Safety Victoria, Victorian Fisheries Authority and VicRoads..
Australian Border Force officers and detector dogs checked Maritime Security Identification Cards, assessed container security and integrity as well as conducting risk assessments of containers departing the waterfront.
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