Port of Long Beach Secures $4.8 Million Security Grant
September 03: The Port of Long Beach, the second-busiest seaport in the US, will receive a grant of $4,777,500 from the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, to enhance safeguards and upgrade its infrastructure network.
The funding from the FEMA Port Security Grant Program was announced this month and will pay to upgrade cyber security, increase the number of cameras and sensors around the harbor, and continue the Port’s investment in its fiber and wireless network infrastructure.
“Securing the Port requires state-of-the-art technology to monitor activities on land, on the water and below the water. This grant will help us enhance our domain awareness and maintain our readiness to protect the harbor” said Port of Long Beach Executive Director Mario Cordero.
The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) is one of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) grant programs that directly support maritime transportation infrastructure security activities, to implement the US National Preparedness Goal.
Last year, the Port of Long Beach was awarded $4,197,480 under the Port Security Grant Program.
The port is connected to one in five jobs in Long Beach, sustaining a local workforce that continues to drive economic growth across the region, according to a new study.
“Trade at the Port of Long Beach supports 2.6 million jobs around the nation, and the Harbor Commission is thankful for this federal funding that helps us ensure the smooth flow of commerce” said Long Beach Harbor Commission President Bonnie Lowenthal.
Source: Safety 4 Sea