Galveston, Texas (Sept. 15, 2017) - The Port
of Galveston is pleased to announce that it has received a $1 million grant
from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant was awarded through the 2017 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), administered by FEMA, to support improvements in port security and enhance maritime awareness.
The award will be used to fund two projects. The first project expands the Port’s fiber
infrastructure and video surveillance systems, supports cyber security efforts
and provides funds to assist with system maintenance. The second project will replace the canopy located at the security gate serving the Port’s West End terminals.
The total budget for both projects is $1,121,435. The funding is to be matched by the Port with a 25 percent cost share of $280,359. “We’re honored by the confidence FEMA has shown in the Port of Galveston with this award. It will help us continue our commitment to enhancing the security of the Port and ensuring the safe movement of passengers and cargo through the Port of Galveston complex,” said Peter Simons, Interim Port Director.
The PSGP is one of the Department of Homeland Security's grant programs that directly supports maritime transportation infrastructure security activities. PSGP is one tool in the comprehensive set of measures authorized by Congress and implemented by the Administration to strengthen the Nation’s critical infrastructure against risks associated with potential terrorist attacks.
About the Port of Galveston
The Port of
Galveston is the region’s gateway to the Gulf for cruise ships and
international trade. Located at the entrance to Galveston Bay, the Port leases
and maintains facilities on both Galveston Island and Pelican Island. The
Galveston Island operations are a diversified mix of cargo including roll on-roll-off
cargo, dry bulk, export grain, refrigerated fruit, general cargo, and project
cargo. In addition, the Port handles over 1.7 million cruise passengers
annually. The Port’s Pelican Island facilities comprise a combination of
undeveloped property, an active ship and rig repair facility, and liquid bulk
operations. The Port is a self-supporting enterprise utility with operating
revenues of approximately $34 million. It does not rely on tax dollars for