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Port Canaveral Awarded $1M Grant for Security Projects

[ February 26, 2018   //   ]

The Canaveral Port Authority has been awarded $1 million in federal funding to bolster Port security programs and critical infrastructure.  Port Canaveral is one of 33 US ports to have been awarded direct grants by FEMA for FY’17 which will be used for direct support of maritime security risk mitigation.

“Port Canaveral is a vital gateway for commerce, tourism and trade.  Last year, nearly five million cruise passengers were served and six million tons of cargo moved across our docks,” said Captain John Murray, Port CEO. “This grant will help us to further enhance our capabilities and commitment to port security and ensure the safety of passengers, cargo, visitors and employees.”

Port Canaveral will use the $999,101 grant award to implement multiple security projects at the Port, including upgrading security hardware, deploying new technologies and cyber security enhancements around the Port. Plans include use of technology for verifying Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC) to align with soon-to-be upgraded U.S. Coast Guard security regulations.

The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) is a competitive grant program authorized by Congress to support maritime transportation infrastructure security.  Funding is made available by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to strengthen infrastructure and support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities. 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 Canaveral Port Authority has also been awarded an $8.245 million grant from the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund for a roadway improvement project to support the Port’s growth and expansion in cruise and cargo business.

Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners voted 5-0 at a special meeting to authorize the Port to accept the award and enter into an agreement with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).

The state grant will support a $12 million Port roadway project to improve access to cruise and cargo terminals.  Project plans include increasing roadway capacity for the Port’s north side cargo roads, new intersection signals for public safety and cargo traffic control, and revisions to the existing north side cruise roadway network to relieve congestion and improve cruise operations. The project also includes new port-wide wayfinding signage to improve safety and adaptability for all population in the area.

Port Canaveral was one of nine awards totaling $35 million in funding announced by the Governor yesterday.  More than 225 Florida Job Growth Grant Fund proposals requesting more than $821 million in funding were submitted to Florida DEO.