B.C. Ferries and SeaBus services were given $5.6 million by the federal government yesterday to improve security on boats and at terminals.

The money will go toward surveillance equipment, fencing and lighting, dock and perimeter security, communications gear and training.

“In addition to enhancing security of ferry workers and their users, this investment will also encourage trade and tourism,” said Andrew Saxton, MP for North Vancouver.

Coast Mountain Bus Company, which runs the SeaBus, will receive more than $122,000 in North Vancouver and Vancouver to upgrade terminals.

B.C. Ferries will receive nearly $82,000 in Victoria, up to $3 million in Nanaimo and as much as $2.4 million in West Vancouver.

The funding is part of a five-year, $115-million marine national security contribution program to help ports, marine facilities and ferries improve security.

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