Port security center set to open at SUNY Maritime College

The Bronx will soon be home to the state's first port security center.

Following the September 11th terrorist attacks, the nation has been on alert. There has been fear that terrorists could strike again either by air or the waterways.

So to ensure that residents are safe, the state created the first port security center, which is set to open at SUNY Maritime in the Bronx sometime in March. The site was chosen because New York has the third largest port in the nation.

The center will have X-ray technology to screen containers and tamper proof locks. The government has also given the college a $1 million ship called the U.S.S. Stalwart, which will house the center. There will also be an education center and conference rooms.

SUNY Maritime officials say the center will also help the Bronx economically. They say Bronx companies can help provide technology. In addition, they say employees at the center will most likely shop and eat while working in the Bronx.

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