Marine Transportation Security Regulations (SOR/2004-144)

Regulations are current to 2015-11-16 and last amended on 2014-06-19. Previous Versions

Company Security Officer


  •  (1) A company security officer may

    • (a) act in that capacity for more than one vessel if they are able to fulfil their responsibilities for each vessel;

    • (b) have other responsibilities within the vessel operator’s organization if they are able to fulfil the responsibilities of company security officer; and

    • (c) delegate tasks required by this Part.

  • (2) A company security officer remains responsible for the performance of the tasks they delegate.


 A company security officer shall have, by training or job experience, knowledge and competence that is relevant to the industry in which the vessel operates and is in the following areas:

  • (a) the administrative and organizational structure for the security of the vessel;

  • (b) the operations and operating conditions of vessels, ports and marine facilities;

  • (c) the security procedures of vessels, ports, port administrations and marine facilities, including the meanings and the requirements of the different MARSEC levels;

  • (d) emergency preparedness and response and contingency planning;

  • (e) security equipment and systems and their operational limitations;

  • (f) methods of conducting audits and inspections;

  • (g) access control and monitoring techniques;

  • (h) methods of conducting on site surveys and vessel security assessments;

  • (i) methods of conducting physical searches and non-intrusive inspections;

  • (j) conducting and assessing security drills and exercises, including exercises with marine facilities;

  • (k) techniques for security training and education;

  • (l) relevant international conventions, codes, standards and recommendations;

  • (m) relevant legislation, regulations and security measures, rules and procedures;

  • (n) the responsibilities and functions of municipal, provincial and federal law enforcement agencies;

  • (o) methods for handling security-sensitive information and security-related communications;

  • (p) current security threats and patterns;

  • (q) the recognition and detection of weapons, explosives and incendiaries and other dangerous substances and devices;

  • (r) the recognition of the characteristics and behavioural patterns of persons who are likely to threaten security; and

  • (s) techniques that might be used to violate security procedures or to circumvent security procedures, equipment or systems.


 A company security officer shall

  • (a) provide the vessel security officer with information regarding security threats and other information relevant to the vessel’s security;

  • (b) ensure that the vessel security assessment and any amendments are submitted to the Minister for approval;

  • (c) ensure that the vessel security plan and any amendments are submitted to the Minister for approval;

  • (d) ensure that the vessel security plan, as amended from time to time, is implemented;

  • (e) ensure that security drills and exercises are conducted;

  • (f) ensure that the vessel’s security activities are audited;

  • (g) as soon as practicable after a deficiency in the vessel security plan is identified, amend the plan to correct the deficiency;

  • (h) ensure that corrective action is implemented as soon as practicable to correct any deficiency referred to in paragraph (g) until the vessel security plan is amended;

  • (i) ensure security awareness and vigilance on board the vessel;

  • (j) ensure that vessel personnel receive security training as required by this Part;

  • (k) ensure that the security orientation referred to in section 214 is provided;

  • (l) ensure that there is effective communication and cooperation between the vessel and marine facilities or other vessels with which the vessel interfaces;

  • (m) ensure that there is consistency between the security requirements and the safety requirements;

  • (n) if a vessel security plan is prepared for more than one vessel, ensure that the plan takes into account the characteristics specific to each vessel; and

  • (o) in the case of a SOLAS ship, ensure that the safe manning document is applied in the development of security procedures.