Port operators are keeping a close eye on security procedures, but no significant changes in operations are reported following Monday’s bomb explosions at the end of the Boston Marathon.
Several port authorities said they are in close contact with the Coast Guard but that no drastic changes have been made to security procedures.
“We always operate at a pretty high state of alert and are monitoring the situation closely, but we have received no intelligence saying we need to implement the next level of security,” said Joe Harris, spokesman for the Virginia Port Authority. “The U.S. Coast Guard has not told us to change our security posture, but we are prepared to do so if necessary.”
The Port of Baltimore said it had increased security personnel and round-the-clock patrols, and is remaining in close contract with Customs and Border Protection and the Coast Guard.
Charles White, seaport security and emergency preparedness director at the Jacksonville Port Authority, said the port had “taken steps to enhance security in coordination with our local U.S. Coast Guard following the incident in Boston. These steps will not be noticeable by the maritime stakeholders, and specific measures cannot be discussed due to their sensitive nature.”