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|Baltimore Port Replaces Guards Caught Sleeping
Source: The Baltimore Sun, Maryland
Publication date: 2005-02-22
Feb. 22--The port of Baltimore said yesterday that security guards
hired since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were found sleeping on
the job by U.S. Coast Guard inspectors, but officials said new guards
already have been put in place and no other major security lapses have
The guards worked for Newark, N.J.-based Internal Intelligence Service
and were replaced in October with about a year and a half left on the
firm's three-year contract.
The firm had been removed from another job guarding the Bergen County
municipal building in 2002 also after reports of guards sleeping,
coming to work late and not reporting to work at all, according to New
Jersey media accounts. No one in Bergen County or at the company could
not be reached for comment yesterday.
The lapse at the Baltimore port was brought to the attention of James
White, the executive director of the Maryland Port Administration,
which oversees the state's public ports, in a September memo from a
port procurement officer. The memo was first reported Saturday by the
"On numerous occasions, the contractor's employees have failed to
properly cover posts, vacated posts without being relived and have been
found sleeping at posts," said the memo written by Mark Krysiak, the
"Although the contractor has been made aware of these deficiencies,
little, if any, corrective action has been taken. This substandard and
negligent performance has culminated in reports by the United States
Coast Guard that routine inspection found guards inattentive to duties,
lacking adequate knowledge of security procedures and even sleeping on
duty in violation of the federally mandated Port Security Plan."
Legislation passed in 2002 required the public port, about 50 other
private terminals in the area and vessels using the facilities to
develop security plans. The Coast Guard has been enforcing them since
In a recent interview, Capt. Curt Springer, regional commander for the
Coast Guard, said the terminal operators and vessels have been
cooperative and all are in compliance of the laws.
About 30 members of the guard have been assigned to routinely inspect
ships and terminals in the region. U.S. Customs officials also conduct
Springer said there have been a few violations, such as foreign-flagged
vessels carrying copies instead of originals of a required certificate
stating they've passed international security inspections.
Lt. Charles Bright, a spokesman for the guard, said yesterday that he could not comment on specific violations.
"In general, with added security we feel we are addressing some items
that weren't addressed before," he said. "From all facilities, we're
getting good cooperation."
After inspectors found problems with the port's security firm,
officials there immediately moved to replace it with New Jersey-based
Securitas Security Services USA Inc., which provided security during
the recent presidential inaugural ceremony in Washington.
Securitas Security Services has a one-year contract through November
and a one-year renewal option, worth $1 million. The state Board of
Public Works approved the request Feb. 2.
Darlene Frank, a spokeswoman for the port, said there was no disruption
in security services and she knew of no other significant security
"I think we moved extremely swiftly," she said.
The port has received about $11 million in federal grants and another
$3 million in state money for security since 2001. In addition to
adding guards, the port plans to install automated entrance gates,
fences with motion-detecting fiber optics and other security equipment,
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