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Star Cruises honoured with security screening system award

Star Cruises, the world’s third largest cruise line operator, was presented a TOPSIS Organizational Award (Bronze) at the TOPSIS Forum 2011 held at CAG Auditorium, Changi Airport Terminal 2, on 12 October. The accolade recognizes Star Cruises’ support and contribution in implementing Threat-Oriented Passenger Screening Integrated System (TOPSIS) at its cruise operations in Singapore. The annual awards was organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs of Singapore.

Mr. Toh Yiu Joe, Executive Vice President, Financial Services, Genting Hong Kong. "It is an honor for Star Cruises to receive this award. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with the Singapore authorities on the TOPSIS programme since 2009. As one of the pioneer cruise liners involved in the programme, we have helped to define the parameters and procedures applicable to cruise checkpoints. After implementing TOPSIS to our cruise operations in 2010, we have since worked towards refining it and sharing our experience with the authorities. Looking ahead, we will continue to support the Singapore government to enhance checkpoint security."

TOPSIS is a key border security programme which has been implemented across major border checkpoints in Singapore since 2009. It taps on both the security and non-security communities working at various border checkpoints to help flag out suspicious persons and refer them for enhanced screening. Selected Star Cruises staff has undergone training to observe and identify suspicious travelers, who will be directed to secondary screening measures by government security agencies. In this way, TOPSIS helps to achieve a rational balance between security and facilitation.

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