Are IMO regulations tough enough to keep national governments from imposing stricter measures?

Only partly
No--expect a slew of regional regs!

Marine Log

August 16, 2007

$110 million more for FY2007 port security grants

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released supplemental Fiscal Year (FY) 2007 grant guidance and application kits for three grant programs: the Port Security Grant Program (PSGP), Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP), and Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Program.

The U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act of 2007 (P.L. 110-28) provided an additional $110 million for the PSGP, $100 million for the TSGP, and $50 million for the EMPG.

Eligible applicants must apply for FY 2007 supplemental funding online at

Grant guidance and eligibility criteria for the supplemental funds are also available online.

Although dollar amounts to some areas have been determined, all applicants must still submit completed applications no later than 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Aug. 29, 2007.

As required by Congress, the department anticipates awarding supplemental grants by Sept. 30, 2007.

Port Security Grants

Eight port regions qualified for Tier I, or highest risk status, in FY 2007. Through this supplemental award, these ports will receive a combined total of $66 million, or roughly 60 percent of the $110 million available through supplemental PSGP funding.

Seventeen port regions qualified for Tier II in FY 2007. Through this supplemental award, these ports will receive a combined total of $22 million, or roughly 20 percent of total supplemental PSGP funding.

DHS says this latest round of PSGP funding will support a strategic, area-wide focus around ports, providing funding for the development and implementation of port-wide risk management and mitigation activities, as well as continuity of operations plans for Tier I and II ports.

An additional $16.5 million will be made available for Tier III projects not funded under the initial FY07 PSGP award.

DHS will also make available $5.5 million for Tier IV port areas to submit new project proposals specifically for Transportation Worker Identification Credential implementation or security training initiatives.

Specific supplemental funding allocations for Tier I PSGP areas are:

New York-New Jersey: $14.9 million
New Orleans: $9.5 million
Houston-Galveston: $8.6 million
Los Angeles-Long Beach: $8.1 million
Puget Sound (Seattle-Tacoma area): $6.7 million
Delaware Bay (Philadelphia, Wilmington, Del., and Southern New Jersey): $6.2 million
San Francisco Bay: $6.1 million
Sabine-Neches River (Port Arthur-Beaumont, Texas): $6.0 million