Environmental Assessment: Security Operations Control Center Facility Construction, Port of Albany, Albany County, NY   [open pdf - 10MB]

"The purpose of the Port Security Grant Program is to provide for activities which help to enhance the security and safety of ports in the United States. The purpose of the proposed project is to enhance security at the Port of Albany with the construction of a new Security Operations Control Building. The need for the project is to address port and waterway security vulnerabilities, and to implement plans to meet Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 (MTSA) (PL107-295) requirements. The MTSA addresses port and waterway security. This Act requires vessels and port facilities to conduct vulnerability assessments and develop security plans that may include passenger, vehicle and baggage screening procedures; security patrol; establishing restricted areas; personnel identification procedures; access control measures; and/or installation of surveillance equipment so that the nation's ports can better identify and deter threats. The vulnerabilities of ports are many, leading to potential security breaches in almost all aspects of shipping industry. Local and state governments hold the responsibility of providing security to its port(s). New York State has recently increased their interest in revitalizing the Erie and Champlain Canal Systems for moving commercial products via water. Recent improvements such as replacing wharfs, extending rail lines and expanding heavy lift equipment has resulted in an increased amount and variety of cargo arriving at and leaving the Port. Increased cargo movement increases the potential of a security breach at the port as well as surrounding geographical areas, thus it is critical to upgrade the existing security operations to protect the port and surrounding communities." This document contains appendices A-D.

Report Number:
2009-PU-T9-K018 IJ#3
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United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/
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