U.S. Ports to Get $92.3M to Boost Security


Port agencies around the nation will be receiving a total of $92.3 million in federal grants to bolster security, Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta said June 17.

According to AP, the grants will fund 77 programs at 51 of the nation’s ports, including the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, with $9.3 million going to New York. Others receiving multimillion-dollar grants include Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ($6.8 million); Miami ($6.3 million); the Boston Police Department ($2.8 million); and Houston’s Port Authority ($1.8 million).

Mineta said $78 million of the total would go toward funding facilities and security enhancements. Another $5 million will be spent helping ports assess their own vulnerabilities, and $9.3 million will go to projects that explore new security technologies, including electronic cargo seals and vessel tracking.

Mineta said the Bush administration had made no policy decision on how these security efforts would be funded in the long term. New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said maritime security was an important issue. “We have to know as a nation what’s coming into our country,” Kelly said.

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