Long Beach OKs port security projects

Long Beach OKs port security projects

A $3 million plan to install radiation detectors at every port gate was among three Port of Long Beach security projects passed Monday by the Harbor Commission.

The 18 radiation portals would screen all containers leaving the port by truck or train. The port will pay for the portals up front, but would be reimbursed through a federal grant once the project is completed in late fall.

The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection will then take over maintenance and operations. It's estimated that only 2 percent of the more than 3 million cargo containers that leave the port each year are screened.

The commission also approved $500,000 for motion detectors for 52 surveillance cameras being installed throughout the port.

The portwide security camera system, which includes a monitoring center, is still being constructed. It was funded with a $4 million federal grant.

And the commission also approved a contract with Long Beach-based Moffatt and Nichol Engineers to develop a five-year security plan. The $175,000 plan, which involves the Port of Los Angeles, aims to wean the ports from individual Homeland Security grants.

The port has received $18 million in security money since Sept. 11, 2001, while the Port of Los Angeles has received another $17 million.