The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) has officially launched its new Port Co-ordination Centre (PCC) – a US$4.35 million state-of-the-art facility aimed at boosting port security.
The PCC utilises technologically advanced communications systems and data sharing equipment to facilitate immediate, accurate communication exchange between Port Co-ordination team members. They include the PHA Police Department, US Coast Guard, and various local, state and federal regulatory and law enforcement agencies.
“The Port Co-ordination Centre is ‘home away from home’ for the men and women who make up the Port Co-ordination Team, a coalition of law enforcement agencies who protect the port and the surrounding communities,” said PHA Chairman Jim Edmonds.
“This team of local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies will converge on the Port Co-ordination Centre to protect the port from a potential security threat or from the wrath of a hurricane”.
PHA executive director H Thomas Kornegay said “Security requires a well-integrated initiative along the Houston Ship Channel involving our many law enforcement partners."