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Port Security

MN Ports.pngAlthough situated over 1200 miles away from the nearest ocean, Minnesota is one of America’s major maritime commerce states.  Through the Mississippi river ports of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Savage,  Red Wing and Winona, over 10 million tons of goods are handled annually.  By virtue of the St. Lawrence seaway and the Great Lakes, Duluth and the north shore ports of Taconite Harbor, Silver Bay, and Two Harbors are America’s westernmost Atlantic ports, handling over 60 million tons of trade annually.
To keep these vital commercial gateways operating safely and securely, HSEM’s Homeland Security Branch has port security experts who work with private and public partners to identify and reduce security risks and protect these critical state and national assets.

Minnesota Port and Waterway Security Working Group

 The purpose of the Minnesota Port and Waterway Security Working Group is to identify, catalog, assess and prioritize statewide critical infrastructure/key resources located in and along our ports and on and along our waterways.
This information will be used in subsequent initiatives to build an overall risk picture.  That picture will assist in the allocation of resources focused on risk mitigation efforts that support public and private sector stakeholder interests for our state, regional, and international partners.

Ports and Waterways Working Group April 12 Presentation

Ports and Waterways Working Group January 12 Presentation


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Related Links:

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security