FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Charleston, SC - The South Carolina State Ports Authority (SCSPA) will receive $8.7 million from the latest round of port security grants, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday.
This is the largest single award received by the SCSPA in six rounds of Port Security Grants. In the previous five rounds of grants, the Ports Authority received $11.3 million, bringing total security grant funding announced to just over $20 million.
“To say we're pleased is an understatement,” said Bernard S. Groseclose Jr., president and chief executive officer of the SCSPA. “South Carolina's congressional delegation has been united behind port security. This latest award will put us further along the track to completing necessary security projects.”
“Charleston is known for an aggressive security posture, while facilitating the free flow of commerce,” said Groseclose. “That balance requires adequate funding and the right approach.”
The funding will be used for physical security enhancements, such as access control infrastructure, scanning equipment, surveillance systems and fencing.
In the current round, more than $168 million in federal grants were awarded to 51 port areas nationwide. The total federal funding requested topped $569 million by 268 applicants. In its application, the SCSPA requested $19.6 million in federal funds for port security projects to combine with a match of $6.5 million.
“There's certainly more to do, so we greatly appreciate the increased port security funding that's currently under consideration in Washington,” said Groseclose.
The complete DHS press release and listing of awards is available online at www.dhs.gov.
For more information:
Byron D. Miller
Director, Public Relations
South Carolina State Ports Authority