The United States Department of Homeland Security has awarded a US$2.72 million grant aimed at enhancing security at the port of Long Beach, in order to ensure the safe and efficient movement of cargo in the wake of an emergency.
More specifically, according to the port, the funding is going to modernise its core security network, strengthen existing security systems and enhance resiliency and business continuity in the event of a disaster.
Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security’s Port Security Grant Program awards funding to state, local and private-sector agencies for security projects that protect port infrastructure from terrorism, improve maritime security risk management and strengthen security mitigation protocols.
Moreover, Bobby Olvera Jr. began his term as harbor commission president by accepting the gavel and announcing his goals to increase community engagement and connect industry partners with local schools for the year ahead at the port of Long Beach.
“Some of the most important work we do involves community engagement and encouraging students to participate in our education and workforce programs,” said Olvera, who replaced Harbor Commissioner Sharon L. Weissman having served as the Board’s president for the past 12 months.
In particular, Olvera said he intends to strengthen the port’s ties to nearby neighborhoods most impacted by port operations, particularly those in West Long Beach and in North Long Beach.
He added that he also wants to increase the board’s support of the Port’s education outreach programs such as the Academy of Global Logistics at Cabrillo High School in West Long Beach and the ACE Academy at Jordan High School in North Long Beach.
Finally, he unveiled his plans to work with industry partners to donate new tools and equipment for shop classes at local high schools.