James Antal named director of port security

James G. Antal recently joined the Port of Tacoma as director of port security.
In this position, he is responsible for protection of personnel, preservation of assets and strategic direction for port security.

Antal brings more than 24 years experience in international and domestic security management.

Most recently, he was employed by Oak Ridge, Tenn.-based Security Consultants Group, Inc. as division manager for the Protective Forces Division, responsible for 700 armed security personnel at U.S. government facilities throughout the United States.

As a security consultant and manager in Europe and North Africa, Antal worked with embassies of the United States, Israel and India, as well as numerous commercial and governmental clients, including a commercial marine terminal at the Port of Tunis, Tunisia.

As a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, Antal managed personnel training, intelligence, physical security and classified information security at assignments in Italy, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Syria, Egypt and Mozambique.

He retired from active service in 1988 with the rank of major.

“Jim brings expertise in physical security, threat analysis, intelligence and management to the Port of Tacoma,” said Timothy J. Farrell, the port’s deputy executive director. “Our customers and public officials will find that he offers leadership, creativity and a collaborative approach to the challenges of port and supply chain security.”

Antal earned bachelor of arts in history from The Citadel in 1978 and a master of arts in security management from Webster University in 1997.

He is a member of American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) and is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP).

As a major North American gateway to Asia and Alaska, the Port of Tacoma ranks among the largest containerized cargo handlers in North America and is the largest container port in the Pacific Northwest, handling more than 1.47million containers (twenty-foot equivalent units) in 2002.

Other major freight categories include automobiles, bulk cargoes such as grain, forest products, breakbulk, and project/heavy lift cargoes, such as military equipment and industrial machinery.

This all contributes to $471 million in annual wages in Pierce County while generating more than $77 million each year in state and local taxes.

For more information, visit the Port of Tacoma on the Internet at www.portoftacoma.com.