Port Security Strong
May 2, 2011
Since 9/11, seaport security has been an area of great interest to the public. The Port of Long Beach has made great strides in recent years to upgrade its security systems and develop new technologies, including:
- Video-equipped submersibles – essentially underwater robots – that serve as the eyes of the security team to detect threats under harbor waters. Click here for more information on the underwater robots, or click here for a video feature.
- Radiation scanners called Advanced Spectroscopic Portal (ASP), designed to better protect seaports from nuclear threats. Piers A and J facilities became among the first shipping terminals in the nation with the scanners. Click here for a video feature on the security devices.
- The Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) program is a national identification system that requires transportation workers, including those in the maritime industry, to pass background checks before accessing port facilities unescorted. The Port worked closely with the Department of Homeland Security to develop and test the program.
- The Port's Command and Control Center provides a state-of-the-art facility for the Port's Harbor Patrol and its security partners. To read more about the Center, click here. To view a video (7 min.) of the entire groundbreaking ceremony, click here.
- The Port of Long Beach has received a total of $100 million in security grants since 2001.
- The Port places high importance on the ability to communicate with stakeholders during an emergency – including Port tenants, government officials, law enforcement and community members. The Port’s security communications systems include:
- A Web-based portal to improve coordination among area security stakeholders.
- An AM radio station with a hazard alert system to broadcast traffic and emergency information.
- An Emergency Notification System to contact Port employees, tenants and the community in the case of an emergency.
- Electronic signs throughout the Port display Port closure, traffic and emergency information.
- In 2006, at the state level, the Port worked with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security to create a Port Security Strategy, helped establish the California Maritime Security Council and participated in the state-led Golden Guardian Exercise, an emergency preparedness drill.