The Texas Gulf Coast port will receive funds from the 2017 Port Security Grant Program to improve port security against terrorist threats and attacks.
FEMA awarded the Port of Galveston funds for enhanced port security and preparedness against terrorist attacks.
The Port of Galveston has
received a $1 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) to support improvements in port security, the port announced.
The grant was awarded through the 2017 Port Security Grant
Program (PSGP), administered by FEMA, to fund two projects.
project expands the port’s fiber infrastructure and video surveillance systems with funding to assist with system
maintenance, while the second project will replace the canopy located at the
at the security gate serving the Port’s West End terminals, said the port.
The port totals both projects at $1,121,435. with funding to be matched by the port with a 25 percent cost share of $280,359.
“We’re honored by the confidence FEMA has shown in the Port of
Galveston with this award. It will help us continue our commitment to enhancing
the security of the Port and ensuring the safe movement of passengers and cargo
through the Port of Galveston complex,” said Peter Simons, interim port director.
The PSGP is one of the Department of Homeland Security’s
grant programs, authorized by Congress, that directly supports maritime transportation infrastructure
security activities against terrorist risks and attacks.