A US$150,000 grant has been awarded to the Merritt C Becker Jr University of New Orleans (UNO) Transportation Institute to undertake research into port security, reported New Orleans City Business.
The goal of the research project is to secure a variety of port facilities with minimal disruption, according to UNO’s announcement.
To do this, the research aims to develop a tool whereby different types of threats and responses can be simulated so that the most efficient method of security can be identified for the port.
Local and regional maritime agencies, the US Coast Guard and the Port of New Orleans are among the institutions that UNO Transportation Institute aims to build relationships with, as well as to identify all of the appropriate measures for alleviating security risks applicable to the region.
UNO will also collaborate on the project with researchers from LSU and Florida Atlantic University.
The award was made by the US Department of Homeland Security.