Hoboken, N.J. – The impacts of a terrorist act or catastrophic event in the New York Harbor were candidly discussed in a Port Awareness and Response Training, held at the Stevens Institute of Technology on Oct. 22, 2012.
The event was hosted by the Center for Secure and Resilient Maritime Commerce (CSR), a DHS Center of Excellence in Port Security led by Stevens. It was facilitated by Detective Peter Montella of the New York Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau (NYPD) and Frank Fiumano, a maritime security specialist from the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG).
The training session brought together a diverse group of stakeholders from the maritime community – along with students, faculty and staff from Stevens – to enhance maritime and port awareness in the New York City metropolitan area. More than 40 participants attended the one-day training.
Presentations by members of the NYPD, USCG and Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and perspectives by the Fire Department of New York Marine Division (FDNY Marine Ops), provided real-world insight into the complexities of safeguarding the New York Harbor and the city’s critical infrastructure and national landmarks, without impeding the flow of commerce in and out of the areas’ ports, terminals and waterways.
Topics covered in the training included overviews of the geography of the Port of NY and NJ, operations of the port, port regulatory functions and agencies, emergency response units and capabilities, and threats, risks and vulnerabilities.
“The Port Awareness and Response Training was an invaluable opportunity for our faculty, staff and students to interact and engage in dialog with the first responder and emergency response community,” said Beth DeFares, director of education for the CSR. “It is important for us as academics to understand the current state of practice in the field, and for our maritime stakeholders to learn about the work we do and tools and technologies that we are developing to enhance their situational awareness and surveillance capabilities.”
CSR, NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau and the USCG are currently discussing opportunities for collaboration and additional training sessions to be held at Stevens in the near future.
About Stevens Institute of Technology
Founded in 1870, Stevens Institute of Technology, The Innovation University™, lives at the intersection of industry, academics and research. The University's students, faculty and partners leverage their collective real-world experience and culture of innovation, research and entrepreneurship to confront global challenges in engineering, science, systems and technology management.
Based in Hoboken, N.J. and with a location in Washington, D.C., Stevens offers baccalaureate, master’s, certificates and doctoral degrees in engineering, the sciences and management, in addition to baccalaureate degrees in business and liberal arts. Stevens has been recognized by both the US Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Excellence in the areas of systems engineering and port security research. The University has a total enrollment of more than 2,400 undergraduate and 3,700 graduate students with more than 350 faculty. Stevens’ programs have attracted international participation from China, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as strategic partnerships with industry leaders, governments and other universities around the world. Additional information may be obtained at www.stevens.edu and www.stevens.edu/news.