Port Canaveral Awarded $1.149 Million in Federal and State Funding for Security Upgrades

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Security is a top priority at Port Canaveral

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The Canaveral Port Authority has been awarded a total of $1.49 million in federal and state grants for Port security operations and cybersecurity systems. Above, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Marine Units scour dock areas from the water before the ships tie in. The service is part of the high degree of connection between the Sheriff’s Office and Port Canaveral, one of the world’s busiest cruise ports, with four million revenue cruise passengers per year and the most port-of-call ship visits of any Florida home port. (BCSO image)

Federal and state grants strengthen Port’s commitment to enhance safety and security services in Port facilities

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – The Canaveral Port Authority has been awarded a total of $1.149 million in federal and state grants for Port security operations and cybersecurity systems.

The Port received a $1 million Port Security Grant Program award for Fiscal Year 2018 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency, and a $149,000 grant for Fiscal Year 2019 from the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development program.

“Security is a top priority at Port Canaveral, and these grants help support our mission to ensure the safety and security of our Port,” stated Captain John Murray, Port CEO.

“The funds will allow us to employ new resources coupled with the latest technologies to enhance our security measures.”

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Port Canaveral was one of 35 U.S. ports that received grants through FEMA’s $100 million PSGP program, which awards grants on a competitive basis each year to support the building, sustainment and delivery of core capabilities of Ports, facility operators, and state and local government agencies.

The Port Security Grant Program is authorized by Congress to support maritime transportation infrastructure security.

The $1 million grant is made available by DHS and administered by FEMA to strengthen infrastructure and support efforts to achieve the National Preparedness Goal established by FEMA. Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Port Security Grants have helped the nation’s seaports enhance measures to increase security and protect vital transportation hubs and maritime borders.

The Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development grant will be used to upgrade and enhance security detection equipment at the Port.

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