Under the five-month contract, ESC will provide a comprehensive physical security plan, taking into account San Francisco’s significant tourist industry and open access to waterfront facilities. The plan will work in collaboration with local, state and federal resources, will coordinate with the city’s Emergency Operation Plan, and will comply with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
ESC has previously developed more than 20 security plan assessments for some of the world’s largest port operators, including Oakland, Portland, Saint Petersburg and Colombo. The San Francisco team will consist of maritime experts and IT developers, along with experienced local officials with in-depth knowledge of the port.
“This security plan will mitigate identified vulnerabilities and recommend specific port response actions to various threat scenarios, including natural and man-made disasters, at each Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) level and, where applicable, each Maritime Security (MARSEC) level,” said Jason Green, ESC programme manager for secure trade and government solutions.
“Our team understands San Francisco’s waterfront environment and appreciates the port’s unique vision for commercial viability that is centred both on securing the movement of cargo and the security of people and property.”