Port of Fourchon

  • 02 Sep 2015 20:22

Port Fourchon upgraded to Symmetry Homeland to meet TWIC standards

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission, located on the Gulf Coast in Louisiana, facilitates the economic growth of the communities in which it operates by maximizing the flow of trade and commerce. Because of its ideal geographic location on the Gulf Coast, Port Fourchon’s primary service market is domestic deepwater oil and gas exploration, drilling, and production of the Gulf of Mexico. Port Fourchon’s tenant companies provide supplies and equipment to over 90% of all deepwater activity in the entire US Gulf of Mexico.

After applying for and receiving a grant, Port Fourchon enlisted the help of Transportation Technology Associates, a technology design, engineering and consulting firm, to assist with the upgrade of its existing AMAG Technology, Symmetry Security System to the Symmetry Homeland Security Edition (HSE) software with Morpho biometric readers. Symmetry Homeland provides powerful integrated access control and security solutions for users, meeting federal standards such as TWIC. Symmetry Homeland secures the Port Commission’s Operations Center in Port Fourchon, LA, which houses the Harbor Police, and its administration building located in Galliano, LA, 25 miles inland. Symmetry Homeland primarily secures perimeter doors and the communications rooms within each building.

Port Fourchon users needing access to secure facilities must carry a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC®) to adhere to the Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Coast Guard security program. All individuals needing unescorted access to secure areas of port facilities, outer continental shelf facilities, and vessels regulated under the Maritime Transportation Security Act must carry a TWIC. The TWIC program provides a tamper-resistant biometric credential to maritime workers. Port Fourchon employees use the TWIC card as an ID badge to obtain access to secure areas of the port, including the communications rooms and other areas with critical infrastructure. Morpho biometric readers are mounted on all these access doors.

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