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Health, Safety, Security & Emergency Management

The Port of Houston Authority maintains a steadfast commitment to safety and security in compliance with the Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) of 2002. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security administer and enforce the regulations governing port security procedures, as detailed in 33 CFR, 105.

There are various procedures for gaining permission to enter Port Authority property whether you are a visitor taking the boat tour, a trucker dropping off cargo, a driver making a delivery, or a photographer wanting to take pictures or video. The necessary security forms and procedures are outlined in this section.

In addition to compliance with MTSA regulations, the Port Authority is certified to the voluntary ISO 28000 for its security management system, as outlined in its Security Management Policy. For more information on the ISO 28000 program, click here.

Learn more about our overall security program, partnerships and federal funding here.

The Port of Houston Authority maintains its own emergency first responders – Port Police and Fire departments – which are well trained in emergency response tactics. In the event of an emergency, call Port Police Dispatch, at 713-670-3611.

The Port Authority’s public terminals are regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard, MTSA regulations, 33 CFR 105 in accordance with Facility Security Plans on file with the U.S. Coast Guard. To make sure that you comply with these regulations, be sure and follow all signage at gates and instructions by security guards.

In accordance with federal security regulations, random vehicle screenings are performed at Port Authority entry points. Refusal to permit this screening will result in denied access.

Safety is of utmost importance to the Port Authority.  This truckers safety video can be viewed in English or Spanish.

The three-tiered Maritime Security, or MarSec, system has been developed by the U.S. Coast Guard to designate the risk of threats against maritime facilities. The current MarSec level is posted at major entry points to Port Authority facilities.

Do your part for Port Security:

  • Present valid ID at entry points.
  • Submit to random vehicle screening when requested.
  • Obey posted signs and requirements.
  • Report suspicious activity to Port Police at 713-670-3620.

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The Port of Houston Authority

111 East Loop North
Houston, Texas USA 77029
Phone: 713-670-2400

P.O. Box 2562
Houston, Texas USA 77252-2562

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111 East Loop North
Houston, Texas USA 77029
Phone: 713-670-2400

P.O. Box 2562
Houston, Texas USA 77252-2562

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