The United States Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Port Security Grants Program (PSGP) has awarded $1,941,285 in federal grants for several projects in Port Canaveral to help protect the port’s critical infrastructure from terrorism and other security threats.
The Canaveral Port Authority (CPA) will receive $1,357,020 in federal funding for two projects to enhance safety and security at Port Canaveral. Federal funding will be supplemented by a cost-share of 25% of the CPA to enhance port-wide risk prevention programs, threat mitigation efforts and security response capabilities.
“Safety and security is a paramount mission for Port Canaveral, and these awards demonstrate great confidence in our port from our federal partners,” said Captain John Murray, Port CEO. “We have a critical need to protect and maintain our infrastructure and operations. Grants like these are important funding to help us use new resources and the latest technologies to augment our security measures with improved ability to detect and respond to threats.
The PSGP grants were awarded for two Port Canaveral security upgrades.
The Port Cybersecurity Vulnerability Reduction Project has received a PSGP grant of $884,520 to support a $1.18 million project to significantly elevate and improve Port Canaveral’s cybersecurity posture with staff and additional information security services, resulting in a more secure and resilient port area.
A PSGP grant of $472,500 was awarded to enable the CPA to purchase a new rapid response security boat. The vessel will be a 33 footer. “Life Proof” boat operated by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) and equipped with up-to-date features and technology to meet and support current and future waterfront safety needs in Port Canaveral, including chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and high produce explosives (CBRNE).
“Port Canaveral is a major economic engine for central Florida, which grows every year, and this funding is important to help the port improve the safety and security of passenger and cargo operations,” the member said. of Congressman Bill Posey.
The Canaveral Pilots Association has received a $584,265 PSGP grant to purchase a new response boat with modern, high-tech communications and sounding equipment to aid in hurricane emergency and recovery operations in Port Canaveral. Supplemented by a 50% cost share by Canaveral pilots, the grant funding will also support engine upgrades and technology upgrades to two existing pilot boats. The new multi-mission vessel will be purpose-built with surveillance capabilities for rapid response to safety and security incidents, transport of first responders, multi-agency response situations, and will complement a multi-level response for the safety and security of Port Canaveral.
The Canaveral Pilots Association serves Port Canaveral as state and federally licensed pilots and maintains close cooperation and coordination with the Canaveral Port Authority, United States Coast Guard, United States Navy, and law enforcement agencies. federal and local law to ensure safety, security and efficiency. management of maritime traffic entering and leaving Port Canaveral.
Port Canaveral was one of more than 30 U.S. ports to receive federal funding for fiscal year 2022 under FEMA’s $100 million PSGP program, which awards grants to ports each year on a competitive basis. . The program’s priority is to protect critical port infrastructure, improve maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management, and maintain or reinstate disaster mitigation protocols. maritime security that support port recovery and resilience capabilities. The grant is made available by DHS and administered by FEMA to strengthen infrastructure and support port efforts to meet the national preparedness goal established by FEMA.