Port security has always been important to the NC State Ports Authority, with an increased emphasis since September 11, 2001, with assistance from regional, state and national organizations.
Since the federal Port Security Grant program began in 2002, NC Ports has received grants and invested millions more to assess security and upgrade capabilities. Improvements include perimeter upgrades with fencing, lighting and cameras, underwater surveillance capabilities, extensive communications and interoperability improvements.
North Carolina State Ports Authority partners and customers who participate in the Homeland Security Department’s Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism program have a closed loop of security certification. The Authority’s Ports in Morehead City and Wilmington and the Charlotte Inland Terminal received C-TPAT certification in 2007, and were re-validated in 2014. The C-TPAT program examines each link in the supply chain to ensure the security of cargo entering the United States. Steamship lines, overseas suppliers and ports, and other participants in the shipping process are examined for adherence to program requirements, administered by Customs and Border Protection.
The Morehead City State Port Police & Security Department is proud to provide the maritime commerce community with security and law enforcement services that are focused on stopping or limiting the effects of terrorism. Our department provides a layered security structure that involves, among other things, intelligent video analytics, physical security barrier systems, sophisticated and inter-operable radio communications systems, and a TWIC- based access control system. Our sworn law enforcement, and non-sworn security officers and Surveillance analyst and dispatchers provide community-oriented policing and security services, while affording the Port area a formidable Homeland Security support structure both on land and on water. We enjoy an excellent working relationship with our local, state, and federal partners in law enforcement.