The Port of Corpus Christi, Texas, has added a new state-of-the-art patrol boat to its security force.
The new 44-foot port security boat was purchased using a combination of Port Security Grant Program funds from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as well as matching funds from the Port of Corpus Christi Authority. Following purchase approval by the Port of Corpus Christi Commission in November 2019, the new vessel was constructed by Kingston, Ontario, based MetalCraft Marine.
The Port Security Department has operated and staffed a port security patrol operation since 2009. Equipped with advanced detection equipment, and with limited firefighting capabilities, the new boat replaces one existing police vessel that has been in operation for more than a decade and that had limitations when operating in severe sea states.
“This new port security vessel highlights our ongoing commitment to safety as our port continues to evolve and grow with its state-of-the-art detection functionality and ability to more safely navigate severe weather events,” said Clark Robertson, Chief Operating Officer for the Port of Corpus Christi.
“The Port of Corpus Christi has always made safety the highest priority for our staff and the customers who do business in our waterway,” said Charles Zahn, Chairman of the Port of Corpus Christi Commission. “I am proud that the Port Commission and Port staff were able to work with the federal government to make this important addition a reality for the health and well-being of those who help make our position as the Energy Port of the Americas possible.”