The US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Port Security Grant Programme (PSGP) has awarded $1,941,285 funding for several projects at Port Canaveral, Florida.
The funds will be used to protect the cruise port’s critical infrastructure from terrorism and other security threats.
Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) will receive $1,357,020 in federal funding for two projects to help bolster safety and security at the port. The funding will be supplemented by a 25% CPA cost share match to improve the port’s port-wide risk prevention programmes, threat mitigation efforts and security response service capabilities.
“Safety and security is a primary mission for Port Canaveral, and these awards signal great confidence in our port from our federal partners,” said Port CEO, Capt John Murray.
“We have a critical requirement to protect and maintain our infrastructure and operations. Grants like these are important funding to help us employ new resources and latest technologies to augment our security measures with an enhanced ability to detect and respond to threats,” he said.
The PSGP grants were awarded for two Port Canaveral security enhancements.
First, the port’s Cybersecurity Vulnerability Reduction Project was awarded a $884,520 PSGP grant to support the $1.18 mill plan to substantially elevate and enhance Port Canaveral’s cyber security initiative with additional information security personnel and services, resulting in a more secure and resilient port area.
Second, a PSGP grant for $472,500 was awarded to allow the CPA to purchase a new security rapid response boat. The 33 ft boat will be operated by Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and equipped with technology to respond to and support current and future waterside security needs at Port Canaveral, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high yield explosives (CBRNE).
“Port Canaveral is a major economic engine for Central Florida, expanding every year, and this funding is important to assisting the Port with enhancing safety and security for passengers and cargo operations,” said US Congressman, Bill Posey.
In addition, the Canaveral Pilots Association (CPA) was awarded $584,265 in PSGP grant funding to purchase a new response boat with high tech, modern communications and sounding equipment to assist with emergencies and hurricane recovery operations at the port.
Supplemented by a 50% cost match share by the Canaveral Pilots, the funding will also support engine re-power and technology upgrades to two existing pilot boats.
The new multi-missioned vessel will be purpose-built with surveillance capabilities for rapid response to safety and security incidents, first responder transport, multi-agency response situations, and supplement a multi-layered response to Port Canaveral’s safety and security.
CPA serves Port Canaveral providing state and federally licensed pilots and maintains close co-operation and co-ordination with the Canaveral Port Authority, the US Coast Guard, the US Navy and federal and local law enforcement agencies to provide for the safe, secure, and efficient management of shipping in and out of Port Canaveral.
Port Canaveral was one of over 30 US ports awarded FY2022 federal funding from FEMA’s $100 mill PSGP programme, which provides grants to ports on a competitive basis each year.
The programme’s priority is to protect critical port infrastructure, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or re-establish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.