Marine Transportation Security Regulations (SOR/2004-144)

Regulations are current to 2014-10-15 and last amended on 2014-06-19. Previous Versions

Additional Requirements for Cruise Ship Terminals

 For each MARSEC level, the marine facility security plan in respect of a cruise ship terminal shall contain security procedures additional to those required in sections 324 to 345 for

  • (a) verifying the identity of all persons seeking to enter a controlled access area of the cruise ship terminal by, for example, confirming the reason for boarding or examining joining instructions, passenger tickets, boarding passes, government identification, visitor badges or work orders;

  • (b) assisting the operator of a vessel to coordinate the authorized screening of all persons and goods, including vehicles, for weapons, explosives and incendiaries;

  • (c) designating holding, waiting and embarkation areas to segregate persons and baggage that have been screened and are awaiting embarkation from those that have not been screened;

  • (d) providing additional security personnel to designated holding, waiting, and embarkation areas; and

  • (e) denying passenger access to restricted areas.

Additional Requirements for CDC Facilities

  •  (1) For each MARSEC level, the marine facility security plan in respect of a CDC facility shall contain security procedures additional to those required in sections 324 to 345 for

    • (a) except in the case of prearranged cargo deliveries, escorting all persons who are not personnel of the CDC facility at all times while they are at the CDC facility if they do not provide access identification;

    • (b) controlling the parking and loading and unloading of vehicles;

    • (c) requiring security personnel to record or report their presence at key points during their patrols;

    • (d) conducting a security sweep of unmanned or unmonitored waterfront areas for dangerous substances and devices before a vessel’s arrival; and

    • (e) providing an alternative or independent power source for security and communication systems.

  • (2) For MARSEC level 2, the additional security procedures shall include

    • (a) releasing cargo only in the presence of the marine facility security officer; and

    • (b) continuously guarding or patrolling restricted areas.

  • (3) For MARSEC level 3, the marine facility security plan shall contain additional security procedures to ensure that the CDC facility is continuously guarded and the restricted areas are patrolled.

 [Repealed, SOR/2014-162, s. 36]

Audits and Amendments

  •  (1) An audit of a marine facility security plan shall take into account the most recent marine facility security assessment and determine whether there are any deficiencies or changes in security threats, procedures, responsibilities of personnel, operations or operator that require amendments to be made to the plan.

  • (2) An audit is conducted

    • (a) annually, effective on the day on which the plan is approved; and

    • (b) whenever there is a new operator of the marine facility, a change in operations or location or modifications to the marine facility that could affect its security.

  • (3) Persons conducting an audit shall have knowledge of the methods of conducting audits and inspections and of access control and monitoring techniques and, if possible, be independent of the activities being audited.

  • (4) If the results of an audit require an amendment to be made to the marine facility security assessment or plan, the marine facility security officer shall submit an amendment to the Minister for approval within 30 days after completion of the audit.

  • (5) The operator of a marine facility may submit to the Minister other amendments to the approved marine facility security plan. They shall be submitted at least 30 days before they are to take effect.

  • (6) The operator of a marine facility shall, within 60 days after the day on which the Minister informs the operator in writing that the marine facility security plan no longer meets the requirements to remain approved, ensure that amendments are submitted to the Minister for approval.

  • (7) If amendments are required under subsection (4) or (6) and they are not submitted or the amended plan is not approved, the plan ceases to be valid on the day on which the operator of the marine facility receives notification that the plan is no longer valid.

  • (8) The marine facility security officer shall attach to the plan an approval document issued under subsection 352(1).