CBP’s press office just sent around a detailed fact sheet about what the federal government is doing for port security and about the Dubai acquisition. I’ve reposted it here on the site.
I don’t dispute any of their details on port security – there is a lot of great work being done by CBP, the Coast Guard and local agencies to enhance the security of our ports. But it’s also clear to me that much more funding is needed if we’re going to have a comprehensive strategic approach to port security.
The fact sheet also notes the scope of P&O’s operations at existing ports:
Baltimore – 2 of 14 total
Philadelphia – 1 of 5 (does not include the 1 cruise vessel terminal)
Miami – 1 of 3 (does not include the 7 cruise vessel terminals)
New Orleans – 2 of 5 (does not include the numerous chemical plant terminals up and down the Mississippi River, up to Baton Rouge)
Houston â€“ 4 of 12
Newark â€“ 1 of 4
The clear reality is that DP World would be far off from “full control” of these ports. I’m not sure why it took so long for these details to be clarified in the public record.