Marine Transportation Security Regulations (SOR/2004-144)

Regulations are current to 2014-09-01 and last amended on 2014-06-19. Previous Versions

Vessel Security Officer

General

  •  (1) A vessel security officer

    • (a) shall be the master or a member of the crew;

    • (b) may also act as the vessel security officer for a vessel without a crew if

      • (i) they are able to fulfil their responsibilities for each vessel, and

      • (ii) each vessel’s security plan lists the other vessels for which they are responsible;

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

    • (d) may delegate tasks required by this Part; and

    • (e) in the case of a towing vessel, shall coordinate its security procedures with those of any vessels that it is towing or pushing.

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

  • SOR/2007-275, s. 4.

Qualifications

  •  (1) A vessel security officer shall have knowledge of

    • (a) the layout of the vessel; and

    • (b) the vessel security plan and its requirements.

  • (2) A non-SOLAS ship’s vessel security officer shall have, by training or job experience, knowledge and competence that are relevant to the industry in which the vessel operates and are in the following areas:

    • (a) those set out for a company security officer in paragraphs 208(a) to (m) and (o) to (s);

    • (b) crowd management and control techniques; and

    • (c) the operation, testing, calibration and maintenance of security equipment and systems.

  • (3) Subject to subsection (6), a SOLAS ship’s vessel security officer shall hold

    • (a) in the case of a SOLAS ship that is entitled to fly the Canadian flag, a certificate of proficiency as a ship security officer issued under Part 8; and

    • (b) in the case of a SOLAS ship that is entitled to fly the flag of a foreign state, a certificate of proficiency as a ship security officer issued by the contracting government of that state.

  • (4) and (5) [Repealed, SOR/2014-162, s. 14]

  • (6) In circumstances of exceptional necessity, when a person who holds a certificate of proficiency as a ship security officer is temporarily unavailable to serve as vessel security officer on a SOLAS ship, the Administration may permit a member of the vessel’s personnel who has responsibilities respecting the security of the vessel and an understanding of the vessel security plan to serve as vessel security officer on the vessel until it arrives at the next port of call or for a period not exceeding 30 days. That member shall serve as the vessel security officer as permitted by the Administration, and the vessel’s master shall, as soon as possible, inform the relevant maritime authorities of the next ports of call of the arrangements in place.

  • (7) [Repealed, SOR/2014-162, s. 14]

  • SOR/2007-275, s. 5;
  • SOR/2014-162, s. 14.