HOUSTON, Texas, 20 April 2005. The Port of Houston Authority (PHA) has awarded BAE Systems a contract of up to $3 million to provide security infrastructure enhancements for its facility in Houston, Texas.
The three-year project includes engineering and construction services that enhance the security of the PHA facilities. The job includes installation of closed circuit television camera systems, perimeter surveillance and monitoring, fencing, lighting and wide area network connections between the security agencies that use the facility. With federal funding from port security grants, the work is occurring at the Port's Care, East Industrial Park and Sims Bayou Terminals.
"Stepping up security so that we can meet current and potential challenges continues to be a priority for the PHA," said Thomas Kornegay, executive director for the Port of Houston Authority. "We are pleased to move into this phase of the security project. BAE Systems performed well on the Port Coordination Center and we are confident in this project as well."
BAE Systems completed the previous contract for the PHA's new Port Coordination Center that became operational in mid-2004.
"BAE Systems is committed to the long-range security plans for PHA," said BAE Systems program manager David Rohde. "We bring an experienced team -- both internally with BAE Systems, and externally with the Houston-based small-businesses who were a major source for the success of the previous contract."
BAE Systems is an international company engaged in the development, delivery and support of advanced defense and aerospace systems in the air, on land, at sea and in space.
BAE Systems North America is one of America's foremost national security, aerospace and information systems companies. It is a leading provider of electronic and information-based systems and knowledge-based solutions that meet its customers' mission effectiveness and operational safety needs. BAE Systems North America employs more than 30,000 people at sites across the United States and the United Kingdom and generates more than $5 billion in annual sales.
PHA owns and operates the public facilities located along the Port of Houston, the 25-mile long complex of diversified public and private facilities designed for handling general cargo, containers, grain and other dry bulk materials, project and heavy lift cargo, and other types of cargo. Each year, more than 6,000 vessels call at the port, which ranks first in the U.S. in foreign waterborne tonnage, second in overall total tonnage, and sixth largest in the world.
The Port Authority plays a vital role in ensuring navigational safety along the Houston Ship Channel, which has been instrumental in Houston's development as a center of international trade. For more information, see www.portofhouston.com or