The US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced the recipients of US$100m in port security grants, with port authorities, terminal operators and domestic law enforcement agencies among those earkmarked for funds.
More than 33 ports were awarded direct grants from the FY 2017 Port Security Grant Programme (PSGP).
Among the beneficiaries are Georgia Ports Authority, which will receive almost US$1m, the Port Authority of Houston which will get more than US$1.2m and Virginia Port Authority, which will receive over US$1.5m.
Additionally, Jacksonville Port Authority which will receive over US$500,000 and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey which will receive US$350,000 amongst others.
Among key terminals, in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, APM Terminals (APMT) is to receive over US$750,000 while Long Beach Container Terminal (LBCT) will gain over US$1.2m.
The organisations to receive the largest funds are New York City Police Department (NYPD), which will get US$10.8m and the New York City Fire Department, which will receive US$5.2m.
According to the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the House FY 2018 DHS Appropriations bill includes $100 million for PSGP, and the Senate is expected to mark up its version of a DHS appropriations bill this month.