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U.S. Department of Transportation moves forward on port security

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta has selcted a company which will perform Port Vulnerability Assessments (PVA) under contract to the Coast Guard for the nation’s most critical commercial and military seaports.

This selection follows the implementation the Department’s new Port Security Grants Program, which provides funding for port security enhancements.

“Securing our nation’s ports and maritime transportation system is a vital component of our overarching transportation security mission. These assessments will improve our understanding of vulnerabilities in port infrastructure and systems, and help reduce our susceptibility to hostile or criminal acts,” said Mineta.

TRW Inc. will develop model port security guidelines as recommended in the August 2000 Report of the Interagency Commission on Crime and Security in U. S. Seaports; develop methods for and conduct PVAs for at least 55 ports throughout the United States; and develop a port vulnerability self-assessment methodology to help local port stakeholders evaluate security conditions and make improvements within their ports.

In addition, the Department has received an enthusiastic response from public port facilities to the Port Security Grant Program, funded by Congress at $93.3 million for 2002. These competitive grants will be awarded in June to critical national seaports to finance the cost of enhancing facility and operational security. The program provides grants for Security Assessments and Mitigation Strategies, and Enhanced Facility and Operational Security.

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