Security Administration recently announced nearly $8.5 million in grants
to Texas ports for command facilities, cameras, fencing, surveillance systems
and other projects that will help local officials foil terrorism, TSA said
Feb. 18 at a news conference at the Port of Houston.
Rodriguez, TSA’s director of Cargo Security, said those grants also laid
the foundation for ports to add new security technologies.
imperative that we use everything at our disposal to protect cargo and
passengers from terrorists and to keep suspicious cargo from entering our
country,” Rodriguez said. “Accomplishing that will save American lives
and contribute to a healthy economy.”
of Houston – the nation's largest in terms of foreign trade and second
largest in tonnage – received a $1.5 million grant for a new command and
control center. Local, state and federal agencies can also use the center
to monitor and control emergencies ranging from hurricanes to terrorist
Texas ports or companies received TSA grants for risk assessments and for
projects that include new surveillance systems, lighting, command facilities,
cameras, fencing, electronic detection equipment and access control. Those
of Beaumont Navigation District of Jefferson County, $560,000.
of Corpus Christi, $2.3 million.
River Harbor Navigation District, Freeport, $85,000.
of Galveston, $1.6 million.
Midstream Services Inc., Houston, $60,000.
Houston LP, Houston, $142,000.
Corp. New Orleans, Freeport, $220,000.
of Texas City, $1.7 million.
were among 79 totaling $92.3 million awarded in June for port security.
TSA is taking applications for new security grants totaling $105 million
for port protection. Applications are due Feb. 27.