Port Security
Plaquemines Port provides security services including port firefighting, search and rescue, general policing and enforcement of harbor rules and regulations. In addition to a team of experienced security and emergency personnel, the Port offers a fleet that includes a mobile incident command center, a number of vessels with firefighting and search and rescue capabilities, as well as access to a helicopter.


PortComOne is a brand new mobile incident command center that was acquired by Plaquemines Port in 2014. This self-contained unit is equipped with 10 desks, a wi-fi satellite, a generator, a large touch-screen computer and other high-tech capabilities. Measuring 39’ 6” in length, the vehicle also includes three slide-out rooms that can be deployed to provide additional space once the unit is in position on scene. PortComOne is instrumental in coordinating security efforts and dealing with crisis situations from hurricanes to ice storms to virtually any emergency.

Authority I & Authority II

Authority I and II are fire and rescue vessels stationed in Belle Chasse, Louisiana at mile 75 Above Head of Passes (AHP) and Venice, Louisiana at approximately mile 10 AHP. These are 50’ vessels are capable of pumping 1500 gallons per minute through three monitors. The vessels also carry 300 gallons of fire fighting foam concentrates for use on oil and fuel fires. The vessels are staffed by a crew of two and are available to respond anywhere in the 100-mile Port District 24 hours per day. The speed of the vessels is 30 mph, allowing the Port to respond anywhere in the Port District in approximately one hour and 15 minutes or less. The vessels perform daily harbor security inspections and are also used to monitor pollution. It should be noted that The Port has obtained a Department of Homeland Security Port Security Grant for the construction of two new 50’ vessels – and these new vessels should be on line by the Fall of 2014.

Authority III

Authority III is a fire and rescue vessel stationed in Belle Chasse, Louisiana at mile 75 AHP. This is a 90’ vessel capable of pumping 15,000 gallons of water per minute through four remotely controlled monitors – two of which are located 38 feet above the water’s surface with two additional monitors located near water level. The vessel’s fire fighting foam capacity is 1,000 gallons. This vessel is staffed by a crew of three and is available to respond on a 24-hour basis anywhere in the Port District at a speed of 20 knots.

Eastport & Westport

Eastport and Westport are two trailer-mounted 30-foot, all-weather, multi-purpose vessels. These Port Security fire/rescue vessels are capable of operating in 1.5 feet of water. Each vessel is equipped with radar, GPS and a 575-gallon per minute fire pump – giving the Port access to the marsh areas and lower reaches of the Mississippi River waters with insufficient depth for our larger vessels. These vessels have a top speed of 45 mph, and a sustained cruising speed of 35 mph.

Air One

Through a cooperative endeavor agreement, the Port, in conjunction with the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, performs routine security patrols as well as search and rescue missions in a jointly owned helicopter.



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