Port of Astoria Looks to Add Eyes on Central Waterfront


With more cruise ship passengers coming to Pier 1, the Port of Astoria is looking to beef up security and lock down access to the central waterfront.



By Edward Stratton

Cruise ship passengers stopping in Astoria have increased the emphasis on security

The Port of Astoria will soon have eyes powerful enough to read the license plates of cars coming and going on the central waterfront, along with drivers’ faces.

Director of Operations Matt McGrath applied for a security grant for enhanced video surveillance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s homeland security grant program in May. The Port received $285,000 and will add a 25 percent local match of $71,250.

The grant is meant to help the Port be resilient to terrorist acts and maintain operations, but will also help with some more immediate issues, McGrath said.

“We’ve had a lot of issues with theft on piers 1, 2 and 3,” he said. “And a lot of times what happens is we can see there’s a car stealing stuff, but we just cannot see what the license plate is. We sometimes can’t even tell what the make and model is, because our cameras are outdated.”

The grant provides money for more than 30 new security cameras, along with servers to store footage, the equipment to wirelessly transfer footage to the Port’s central office, and new LED lighting at Pier 1 and the East Mooring Basin.  CLICK HERE TO READ FULL ARTICLE