Kevin Bishop or Wes Hickman
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today announced the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has awarded seven new grants totaling $5.123 million to bolster port security in Charleston and Georgetown.
The Office of Domestic Preparedness awarded six of the grants:
- $3.79 million for Charleston County to support port security;
- $590,500 to the South Carolina State Ports Authority for Georgetown;
- $274,000 to the South Carolina State Ports Authority for Charleston;
- $250,000 to the Maritime Association of the Port of Charleston;
- $219,000 for APN Terminals.
“Protecting South Carolina’s ports from potential security threats is one of the most important issues our state faces in a post September 11th world,” said Graham. “Thousands of people live and work around our ports. The safety of South Carolinians is priority number one and these funds will help ensure our ports remain safe, and open for business.”
Graham noted that this is the second round of grant announcements this week for port security. Earlier in the week, DHS awarded a $1.7 million grant to the South Carolina State Ports Authority for security enhancements at the Port of Charleston.