The Tampa Port Authority (TPA) is proud to announce that the port and some of its key partners have been awarded a federal grant of nearly $2.6 million for security-related, collaborative initiatives.
The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) recently announced the final FY 2011 grant allocations for a variety of grants that are used to increase preparedness in the event of terrorist acts or natural disasters. Of particular importance to the port community are the seaport security grants that focus on the maritime security and preparedness.
In the recent allocation of funds, the
Anticipated program upgrades include technology to process Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWICs), radio upgrades to the Vessel Tracking System (VTS), installation of low light cameras, storm hardening for security facilities, security upgrades to cruise terminals, and increased surveillance capabilities to protect against chemical releases. In addition, the TPA will benefit from enhanced emergency response and maritime law enforcement response capabilities that resulted from port grant awards to the Tampa Police Department and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.
“We are elated that port security is being recognized as a top priority at the federal level,” Richard Wainio,