Coast Guard and TSA to Facilitate Port Security Exercise

Hyannis, Mass., – The Transportation Security Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard will facilitate a port security table-top exercise here Thursday to evaluate preparedness, prevention, and the ability to respond to a terrorist-related incident.

The Port Security Training Exercises Program is focused on building links between federal, state, and local agencies, and the maritime industry in providing for maritime security. The exercise will assist the captain of the port in improving and updating the Area Maritime Security Plan.

The exercise will involve the entire port community, including representatives of over 40 local, state, county and federal agencies as well as private industry. The intent of the partnership is to improve connectivity of various transportation modes and enhance current Area Maritime Security Plans. Scenarios range from how officials respond to intelligence information to how they manage resources to protect the ports. The exercise is the last of a series of PortSTEP exercises the Coast Guard and TSA have held around the country.

“PortSTEP is designed to benefit maritime and surface transportation security communities throughout the U.S., via a suite of training exercises, evaluations and accompanying information technology products,” said Noreen Brown, TSA’s PortSTEP project officer. “This information will prove invaluable as we work to balance freedom of commerce and protection of our nation’s transportation system.”

“Protecting the people and waterways of Cape Cod and the Islands is a team effort,” said Coast Guard Capt. Roy Nash, the Federal Maritime Security Coordinator and Captain of the Port of Southeastern New England. “This exercise will test how well we are prepared to work together, and will help us identify areas for improvement.”

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