protection of assets along the Mississippi River is
of critical importance to the Port of South Louisiana,
striving to enhance service as federal funding becomes
available and through partnerships in its district.
Port of South Louisiana has a 24-hour/7 days-a-week
emergency response division, with an array of firefighting
and safety equipment. The PSL Responder, the
newest vessel in the fleet, honored by WorkBoat
magazine as one of its "10 Significant Boats of
2007," is outfitted with the latest in communications
and surveillance equipment.
Port of South Louisiana has joined forces with the four
other lower Mississippi River deep water ports (Greater
Baton Rouge, New Orleans, St. Bernard, and Plaquemines)
to establish a security network throughout the lower
255 miles of the Mississippi River. Nearly half of U.S.
exports and one quarter of U.S. petroleum imports pass
through this port complex. Therefore, the goal of the
Lower Mississippi Port-Wide Security Council (LMPWSSC)
is to protect current and future facilities to insure
trade and make this corridor the safest and most protected
maritime complex in the world.
order to meet this goal, the LMPWSSC is continuously
seeking funding from the Department of Homeland Security's
Port Security grant program and other state matching
funds to secure the necessary equipment (e.g., communications,
surveillance, etc.) and training to establish a cohesive
security layer with common practices and equipment across
these ports. Therefore, in the event of a natural disaster
or a security threat, any one of the five ports could
move its operations to a regional partner's command
and control system with minimal interruption in security
The PSL Responder
Photo Courtesy of
© 2007 Robert Berning Productions and
Edward A. Metz
A Coast Guard Station New Orleans response boat conducts a close-quarter maneuver alongside a Port of South Louisiana boat on Lake Pontchartrain in August 2011, which was part of a week-long interagency course.
Photo courtesy of
Petty Officer 2nd Class Canady Strong
The Rescue Runner
The John James Charles