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Port Secures Federal Security Funding
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Port Administration (MDOT MPA) received $1.18 million through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) federal port security program to improve security initiatives at the Port of Baltimore’s public marine terminals.
The funding, which comes via
the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will be used to improve cybersecurity, upgrade technology and update the security plan for the Port’s public terminals.
“It is critically important for
the Port of Baltimore to continue
to implement the latest security measures to ensure the safety and security of the people who work there and the cargo the Port handles,” said James J. White, Executive Director of MDOT MPA. “Creating a successful balance between productive cargo- handling and a strong security program is something we will continue to pursue.”
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U.S. Coast Guard Sector to See a Change of Command
The first part of the grant will be used to improve cybersecurity initiatives, including data classification standards, to ensure sensitive information is not disclosed. Measures will also be put in place to strengthen incident response and recovery activities.
The second part of the grant will be used to improve and upgrade security measures at the primary entrance to
the Dundalk Marine Terminal, including adding new software, enhancing physical security and upgrading communications and access control electronics.
The final part of the grant will be used to select a specialized company to perform security assessments at the Port’s six public marine terminals and update the MDOT MPA’s facility
security plan, a federally required document overseen by the Coast Guard that describes security measures, policies and procedures at the public marine terminals.
The Coast Guard has awarded the MDOT MPA a top rating of “excellent” on annual security assessments of the Port’s public marine terminal for six consecutive years. The visual inspection includes reviews of access control procedures and makes certain that physical security fixtures, such as high- mast lighting and fencing, meet federal security standards. The MDOT MPA has moved forward in recent years with newer and stronger security initiatives, including cybersecurity, closed-circuit television and access controls. 􏰀
“It is critically important for the Port of Baltimore to continue to implement the latest security measures to ensure the safety and security of the people who work there and the cargo
the Port handles.” — James J. White, Executive Director of MDOT MPA
Capt. Lonnie Harrison, Sector Commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Maryland- National Capital Region, will hand over command to Capt. Joseph Loring in a ceremony April 27. The ceremony
will also commemorate Harrison’s retirement.
Harrison has served as Sector Commander since July 2015. In this position, he has led Coast Guard operational forces in the execution and coordination
of all maritime safety, security and environmental missions for the Maryland- National Capital Region. Harrison also served as Federal Maritime Security Coordinator for the
most recent presidential inauguration and played
a critical role in the post- storm recovery of the ports following hurricanes Sandy and Irene.
Loring currently serves as Chief of the U.S. Coast
Capt. Lonnie Harrison (left) and Capt. Joseph Loring.
Guard Office of Marine Environmental Response Policy. From 2011 to 2014, he was Commanding
Officer of the Marine Safety Unit Savannah — a position Harrison also held, from 2008 through 2011. 􏰀
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