The Massachusetts Port Authority was recently commended by the United States Coast Guard for its valuable assistance in protecting the Port of Boston after the tragedies of September 11, 2001.
A Certificate of Merit, citing several areas of recognition stated: "Under the leadership of Port Director Michael Leone, Massport proactively instituted a number of critical security measures in the port including expeditious increases in security at Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, Boston Autoport, and Conley Terminal."
Massport's efforts ensured the safety of regularly scheduled cruise ships entering Boston Harbor as well as numerous unscheduled vessels which were diverted from New York City. Safety measures at Black Falcon Cruise Terminal were spearheaded by Massport's Captain Bradley Wellock. Wellock received recognition for coordinating security measures such as extensive baggage screening, hull dive surveys and the addition of extra security personnel.
Although the Coast Guard oversees the movement of all vessels in and out of the harbor, Massport was recognized for providing crucial assistance in carrying out the complex security plan for the movement of liquefied natural gas (LNG) vessels through Boston Harbor.
Massport's initiation of weekly security meetings with port operators and maritime officials was lauded as crucial in managing open communications and fostering effective partnerships among various agencies with port security responsibilities. Similarly, its involvement in anti-terrorism response exercises which are led by the Marine Incident Resource and Training Partnership (MIRT) were also noted. MIRT's objective is to improve the ability of first responders and public health agencies in the event of a maritime disaster.
"Massport's efforts have been integral in ensuring the continued safe and secure flow of commerce through the Port of Boston and are in keeping with the highest tradition of the United States Coast Guard," the certificate states.
In addition to Port Director Mike Leone and Captain Brad Wellock, recipients of this award included: Director of Maritime Security Joseph Lawless and Assistant Fire Chief, Denis Keenan.