July 20, 2010 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Funding for port security and the Coast Guard would increase under a homeland security bill put forth by U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg. The New Jersey Democrat and new chairman of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee announced the bill's funding levels at Port Newark on Tuesday. The bill increases funding for overall port security by $50 million, to $350 million. New Jersey received about $50 million for port security last year. The bill also avoids the threatened elimination of five Coast Guard quick-response security teams, including one that is assigned to the New York-New Jersey ports region.
October 24, 2003 |
In a quick stop in Wilmington yesterday, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge launched new maritime security guidelines, but he left open a key, contentious issue: Who's going to pay to improve port security? "We still have to conclude who's to pay for what share of what," Ridge said, addressing an audience of local maritime officials on a dock at the Port of Wilmington. But Ridge indicated that his department needed to "look more aggressively" at businesses that use ports - from terminal operators to vessel owners to waterside facilities such as refineries and power plants.
May 9, 2003 |
While the nation's airports have received billions to upgrade security, the country's 361 seaports have far less federal funding for antiterrorism measures, local port officials said at a hearing in Philadelphia before the Pennsylvania House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. "Seaport security was neither a national or local priority before 9/11," said Herb Packer, director of PennPORTS, a government liaison office for the state's three main ports: Philadelphia, Erie and Pittsburgh.
May 13, 2003 |
Rep. Robert Andrews urged the federal government yesterday to give the South Jersey Port Corp. $1.8 million to implement a new security plan aimed at thwarting possible terror attacks on its docks. The port corporation has submitted an "excellent" application for the funding after an $80,000 study found that security was weak at its facilities in Camden, the Democratic congressman said. The money would be used to pay for more security personnel and to purchase equipment to detect radiological, biological or chemical materials that could be used as weapons, Andrews said.
June 19, 2003 |
Last week, after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security awarded long-awaited and highly competitive grants for port security projects, many in the maritime trade were baffled by the windfall for Citgo Petroleum Corp. The odds of anyone's getting a grant were no better than one in five. Even then, most of the winners were awarded less than $1 million. But Citgo, the profitable U.S. subsidiary of the Venezuelan national oil company, hit the jackpot: a $13.5 million grant to upgrade security at its refinery in Lake Charles, La. That's more than the combined 24 grants for the Delaware River port system.
October 18, 2012 |
If there is a boating accident, oil spill, or potential terrorist threat, a 14-mile stretch of the Delaware River just south of Philadelphia now has heightened surveillance. A sophisticated system of cameras, radar, and video monitors designed by Boeing Co. has been set up at three undisclosed locations between the Commodore Barry Bridge, Marcus Hook, and Hog Island in Tinicum, aimed at providing increased riverfront security and the capacity to prevent, or react to, adverse events.
February 23, 2006 |
Port security has gone from a backwater concern to a big issue since the Sept. 11 attacks. But now, experts say, the dispute over the Bush administration's approval of a Persian Gulf-based firm to run operations at six U.S. ports is diverting attention from real port-security issues. Officials who run America's ports say the ports are much safer than they used to be. But they also say they are not getting enough money to keep them safe, and contend that the federal government is dragging its heels on a much-needed background check and identification-card program for six million transportation workers.
February 24, 2006
EACH DAY the level of outrage increases over the Bush administration's deal with an Arab -controlled company to take over the management of ports in six cities, including Philadelphia. Senators and congressmen from both sides of the aisle are fighting to see who can loudest denounce the deal as a betrayal of American security. In response to their outcry, the Bush adminsitration announced last night that it was delaying the deal. And even some of Bush's staunchest conservative allies in the airwaves and blogosphere are questioning their leader, especially now that he has promised a veto if Congress attempts to kill the deal with Dubai Ports World, a company which is essentially controlled by a member government of the United Arab Emirates.
February 16, 2013 |
A team of FBI agents has been conducting interviews in recent weeks in the Dominican Republic and the United States, looking into allegations that Sen. Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) patronized prostitutes in the Caribbean nation, but has found no evidence to support the claim, according to two people familiar with the investigation. One person said agents have asked about whether a Florida eye doctor - a close friend and major campaign donor to Menendez - provided the senator with prostitutes on vacations there.
May 25, 2003 |
U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon brings a unique take on port security: He's the only one in Congress who has witnessed a tanker catastrophe on the Delaware River. Weldon, 56, was a young teacher and volunteer firefighter in 1975, when the oil tanker Corinthos exploded at a Marcus Hook refinery pier after being rammed by a chemical tanker. The collision, which killed 29 seamen, set the Corinthos ablaze for three days and shut down the river, was an accident, not terrorism. But for Weldon, one of the first firefighters on the scene, the memory of that tragedy is a constant reminder of the potential dangers in an oil port like Philadelphia.