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News Release
FOR RELEASE - August 2, 2019
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 684-5700

American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (202) 792-4033

AAPA Congratulates FY 2019 Port Security Grant Awardees

$100 million to be distributed in DHS port security preparedness grants

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) … the unified and recognized voice of America’s seaports … is lauding the ports and other entities who will receive grant funding in the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) FY 2019 Port Security Grant Program, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced today.

“AAPA is pleased to learn that the DHS has just announced the FY 2019 Port Security Grant awardees.  Congratulations to those AAPA member ports and their partners for the grants they will receive,” said Susan Monteverde, AAPA’s vice president of government relations. “The Port Security Grant Program continues to be very valuable for U.S. ports, which serve as partners with the DHS to harden security and protect our borders and homeland. Ensuring continued funding for these important preparedness grants continues to be a high priority for AAPA."

The Port Security Grant Program (PSGP) provides grants for transportation infrastructure security activities to implement Area Maritime Transportation Security Plans (AMSPs) and facility security plans among port authorities, facility operators, and state and local government agencies required to provide port security services.  The purpose of the FY 2019 PSGP is to competitively award grant funding to support increased port-wide risk management; enhance domain awareness; conduct training and exercises; expand port recovery and resiliency capabilities; further capabilities to prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from attacks involving improvised explosive devices and other non-conventional weapons. 

About AAPA
Founded in 1912 and recognized as the unified voice of seaports in the Americas, AAPA today represents more than 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 200 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports. According to IHS Markit’s World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2017 totaled 4.303 billion metric tons in volume and US$2.675 trillion in value. Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.741 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.024 trillion, while North American ports handled 1.90 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.305 trillion. To meet the growing demand for trade, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.  For more information, visit On Twitter:


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