The Canaveral Port Authority was awarded $908,015 in funding by the US Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency Port Security Grant Program.

$1.2m project

The grant will be augmented by a 25% port match for a $1.2m project to improve Port Canaveral’s port-wide risk prevention, threat mitigation and security response service capabilities.

‘In an ever-changing complex global environment, our mission to ensure the safety and security of our port and surrounding community is a top priority,’ Port CEO and Director Capt. John Murray said. ‘This federal grant will help us invest in some new technologies to broaden our capabilities to protect our people and assets with an enhanced ability to detect and respond to threats.’

$100m Port Security Grant Program

Canaveral is among more than 30 US ports awarded 2020 federal funding from FEMA’s $100m Port Security Grant Program, which provides grants on a competitive basis each year.

The program’s priority is to protect critical port infrastructure, enhance maritime domain awareness, improve port-wide maritime security risk management and maintain or re-establish maritime security mitigation protocols that support port recovery and resilience.

In September 2018, Port Canaveral was awarded $1.149m in federal and state grants for upgrades to its port security operations and cybersecurity detection and prevention systems.