Marine Transportation Security Regulations (SOR/2004-144)

Regulations are current to 2014-06-12 and last amended on 2008-12-15. Previous Versions


 A vessel security officer shall

  • (a) while the vessel is in operation, conduct inspections of the vessel at the frequency specified in the vessel security plan to ensure compliance with the requirements of this Part;

  • (b) implement the vessel security plan, as amended from time to time;

  • (c) conduct audits of the vessel security plan as required by this Part;

  • (d) coordinate the implementation of the vessel security plan with the company security officer and, if applicable, with the port security officer and the marine facility security officer;

  • (e) as soon as practicable after a deficiency in the vessel security plan is identified, report it to the company security officer and implement the action necessary that is required to correct the deficiency until the plan is amended;

  • (f) propose amendments to the vessel security plan to the company security officer to correct any deficiencies;

  • (g) ensure security awareness and vigilance on board the vessel, including awareness of changes in the MARSEC level and other circumstances that might affect work conditions on board;

  • (h) ensure that appropriate security training or orientation is provided to the vessel’s personnel in accordance with this Part;

  • (i) report security threats and security incidents to the master, the company security officer, the appropriate law enforcement agencies, the Minister and, if applicable, the port administration, as soon as possible after they occur so that an investigation can be conducted;

  • (j) report security breaches to the Minister and, if applicable, the port administration, as soon as possible after they occur;

  • (k) ensure that security equipment is operated, tested, calibrated and maintained in compliance with the vessel security plan; and

  • (l) conduct security drills and exercises.

Vessel Personnel with Security Responsibilities

 Vessel personnel who have responsibilities respecting the security of a vessel, other than the company security officer or vessel security officer, shall have, by training or job experience, knowledge and competence that is relevant to the industry in which the vessel operates in any of the following areas that relate to their responsibilities:

  • (a) current security threats and patterns;

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

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

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

  • (e) crowd management and control techniques;

  • (f) security-related communications;

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

  • (h) the operation, testing, calibration and maintenance of security equipment and systems;

  • (i) inspection and monitoring techniques;

  • (j) methods of performing physical searches of persons and goods, including personal effects, baggage, ships’ stores and cargo;

  • (k) the relevant provisions of the vessel security plan; and

  • (l) the meanings and the requirements of the different MARSEC levels.