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Biometric security card systems deployed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are posing a threat to U.S. port security due to “useless” card readers that cannot correctly read information, John Mica, Congressman for the state of Florida has claimed.

Pilot testing of Europe’s first electric terminal tractors is set to begin at the Noatum Container Terminal in Valencia in September as part of the European Sea Terminals project.

Cyber-security remains a significant threat for ports around the world as levels of automation increase and hackers methods also improve, according security consultancy, CyberKeel.

Research from Danish security firm CyberKeel suggests 18 out of the top 20 container shipping firms may be vulnerable to cyber attacks via click-jacking. 

The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has announced funding of $100 million  to support increased preventative measures at ports across the country under its FY 2015 Port Security Grant Program (PSGP)

The investment comes via the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and will be directed towards port authorities, facility operators, and state and local government agencies across the country and is designed to boost port security services via Area Maritime Security Plans (AMSP) and Facility Security Plans (FSP).  

“The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal,” FEMA said in a statement.

The annual grant program focuses on a wide-variety of solutions including: port-wide maritime security risk management, response and recovery from attacks involving improvised explosive devices (IED), enhanced maritime domain awareness, maritime security training and exercises and establishment of maritime security mitigation protocols to support port recovery and resiliency capabilities.  

Prospective applicants must apply by  12pm on May 19, 2015. More details are available via the FY 2015 Port Security Grant Program Notice of Funding Opportunity. 

The Japanese Government is to provide a grant of $19 million to Pakistan to improve port security at the Port of Qasim and the Port of Karachi as well as installation of energy efficiency systems in Lahore.

The UK chancellor George Osborne has announced plans to invest £100 million in infrastructure upgrades for Portsmouth Naval Base. The funding will be used to provide new docking facilities as well as improving advancing shipbuilding capabilities.

Chinese officials are exploring investment options to accelerate development of Oman’s Sohar Port and Freezone, in order to connect east-west traffic via China’s proposed “Maritime Silk Road”.

Container terminal operator DP World has announced that dredging work at the Port of Southampton has been completed, extending the draught at the SCT% berth up to 15.5m.

The Indian government has removed two warships from the Port of Kolkata following intelligence reports that terrorists may have plans to attack the site.


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