• QuayChain
  • July 30, 2023
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Learn More About the Homeland Security Subcommittee’s Port Security Hearing

QuayChain, a leading logistics solutions provider, was thrilled to hear about the recent hearing on port security by the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security. 

As a company that understands the critical importance of securing our nation’s ports, we looked forward to insights from experts in the field. The collaborative efforts from this hearing undoubtedly contribute to enhancing maritime security initiatives.

Exploring the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security

Here, we will explore the significance of this hearing, titled “Evaluating High-Risk Security Vulnerabilities at our Nation’s Ports,” and its potential impact on the industry.

“Evaluating High-Risk Security Vulnerabilities at our Nation’s Ports”

Chairman Carlos Gimenez, from the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security, announced a hearing on port security vulnerabilities this spring. The hearing took place on Wednesday, May 10, 2023, and featured witness testimonies from government officials.

The objective was to address concerns raised in two letters from House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mark E. Green, MD, and Subcommittee Chairman Gimenez.

These letters sought answers from DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on threats posed by Chinese-manufactured cranes and software at U.S. maritime ports and a visit by Cuban government officials to U.S. port facilities in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The Importance of Port Security

In the announcement, Chairman Gimenez emphasized maritime ports' vital role in commercial supply chains and national security operations.

He explains: “As adversaries like the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) work to undermine and infiltrate our critical infrastructure and conduct surveillance operations on American industries, this Committee is examining any potential port vulnerabilities that may jeopardize our national security.”

In terms of these specific risks to national security, Giminez includes: 

  • Safeguarding cyber networks 
  • Assessing threats 
  • Physical infrastructure
  • Ensuring the integrity of the maritime workforce in the U.S.

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Witnesses and testimonies

The hearing featured esteemed witnesses who possessed deep expertise in various areas related to port security. 

Among them was:

  • Rear Admiral Wayne R. Arguin Jr., the Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy at the U.S. Coast Guard
  • Eric Goldstein, the Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
  • Neal Latta, the Assistant Administrator for Enrollment Services and Vetting Programs at the Transportation Security Administration

Open to the public and press

The hearing was open to both the public and the press. It was also live streamed on YouTube, ensuring wider accessibility for those unable to attend in person. Press attendance required congressional credentials, and RSVPs were mandatory to ensure the smooth facilitation of the event.


QuayChain eagerly awaited the Homeland Security Subcommittee’s port security hearing and its potential to enhance maritime security efforts. As leaders in improving supply chain operations, we know firsthand the importance of robust security for our nation’s ports. As such, we place great value on the insights from this hearing.

With a focus on fostering collaboration and addressing vulnerabilities, we can continue to  bolster the resilience and integrity of our maritime supply chains.

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