The federal government has awarded the state $1.18 million to make security improvements at the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore’s public marine terminals.
Federal Emergency Management Agency grants, via U.S. Department of Homeland Security funding, will be used to upgrade cybersecurity, modernize technology and update the facility security plan.
“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,” Maryland Port Administration Executive Director James J. White said in a statement. “Creating a successful balance between productive cargo-handling and a strong security program is something we will continue to pursue.”
The port has been awarded an “excellent” ranking on its Coast Guard security assessment for the past six years. Last year 31.8 million tons of international cargo valued at $49.9 billion passed through the port.