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Port of Baltimore Once Again Receives Top US Coast Guard Security Rating

[ November 26, 2020   //   ]

For the 12th consecutive year, the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s state-owned, public marine terminals received a top security grade during an annual assessment by the U.S. Coast Guard. The assessment reviewed security procedures and protocols at the six public marine terminals: Dundalk, Seagirt, North Locust Point, South Locust Point (including the cruise passenger terminal), Fairfield and Masonville.

“Throughout the COVID-19 emergency, the Port of Baltimore has played a crucial role in keeping Maryland’s supply chain moving, and will be key in the state’s economic recovery as well,” said Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Secretary Greg Slater. “Protecting our dedicated workforce is critical to the Port’s mission, and this top security rating reflects that commitment.”

Each year U.S. Coast Guard Sector Maryland conducts an inspection to ensure compliance of federal security regulations. The visual inspection includes a review of access control procedures and makes certain physical security fixtures, such as high-mast lighting and fencing, are up to federal security standards.

In recent years, MDOT Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA), which oversees the Port’s public marine terminals, has implemented security enhancements including closed circuit television, cyber security initiatives and stronger access control technologies.