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Murray Announces Over $5.7 million for Washington State Ports

Jun 17 2002

Funding secured by Murray will protect citizens, cargo, prevent trade slowdowns

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced over $5.7 million in Port Security grants that she secured for seaports in Washington state. The federal awards will be used to enhance security efforts at port facilities, on the waterways, and to protect citizens, cargo and infrastructure from potential security threats.

"Washington state will benefit greatly from these investments, which will strengthen security at our ports and on our waterways," Senator Murray said. "These grants will help protect Washington state citizens and prevent trade slowdowns that could negatively impact our economy."

As Chair of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, Murray secured this funding for Washington state's ports in the Supplemental Appropriations bill which passed Congress in December. Murray secured $93.3 million to enhance port security measures nationwide despite the fact that the Administration requested zero funding for these efforts.

The $93 million Murray secured for port security grants elicited nearly $700 million in applications from ports across the United States.

"Port security is one of my top priorities in the Senate. In a post-September 11th world protecting our ports is critical to protecting our citizens," Murray said.

Port of Seattle
  • $409,809 - Security Assessment & Mitigation Strategies

  • $1,150,859 - Seattle Area Surveillance Systems

  • $1,453,717 – Seattle Port Access Control Systems

    Port of Tacoma
  • $283,372 – Security Assessment and Mitigation Strategies

  • $558,742 – Tacoma Area Surveillance Systems

  • $710,137 - Tacoma Port Access Control Systems

  • $57,148 - Tacoma Portable Gatehouse

    Puget Sound
  • $110,000 - Washington state ferries

  • $127,000 – Clipper Navigation security improvements

    Port of Vancouver
  • $30,000 – Fencing around operational and critical areas

    Columbia River Steamship Operators Association
  • $623,00 – Maritime security

    Port of Everett
  • $145,940 - Security Assessment and Mitigation Strategies