New York creates port security center

New York creates port security center

New York state has allocated $1.5 million in startup funds to create the New York State Strategic Center for Port and Maritime Security at SUNY Maritime College.

The center, located at the school's Bronx, N.Y. campus, will aim to bolster security at ports in the New York metropolitan area, with a focus on four major port and maritime activities: research and development on security and supply chain integrity systems; security education and training, including a first-in-the-nation master's degree and certificate programs in port and maritime security; testing and evaluating new security solutions, and security policy research.

Of the $1.5 million in funding to establish the center, $1 million will be used to hire personnel, identify projects and begin specialized training and research. The remaining $500,000 in startup funding, provided by SUNY, will supply personnel, materials and in-kind support. The funds will be used in conjunction with a $1.7 million commitment from federal sources for material and equipment, including a 260-foot vessel secured earlier this year that will house the center on the SUNY Maritime campus.

The SUNY Research Foundation is planning to tap private funding and federal grants, including those available through the Maritime Transportation Antiterrorism Act, for sustaining financing.

The new port security initiative is a joint partnership among SUNY Maritime, Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory.