Wes Hickman (202-224-5972) or Kevin Bishop (864-250-1417)
- U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint today announced $5.8 million in federal grants to enhance security at the Port of Charleston.
“The Port of Charleston is one of the busiest in the country and it is a vital part of our state’s economy,” said Graham. “It’s essential that we provide the necessary resources to improve security at the port.”
“Port security protects not only the port but the neighboring communities and the state as a whole. I’m pleased that the Port of Charleston will be able to increase its level of security,” said DeMint.
The South Carolina State Port Authority will receive a $5,251,000 grant to provide physical barriers, gates, a guard house, vehicle screening and inspection areas, lighting, and closed caption televisions. In addition, the City of North Charleston will receive a $612,685 grant for marine patrol vessel equipment and a remote operated vehicle.
The grants were awarded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.