Marine Transportation Security Regulations (SOR/2004-144)

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

Responsibilities

 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;

  • (h.1) ensure that all persons employed or engaged on board a vessel, including contractors, receive security orientation that is appropriate to their duties and the time they have spent on board the vessel, in order to be able to

    • (i) report a security incident,

    • (ii) know the procedures to follow when there is a security threat, and

    • (iii) take part in security-related emergency and contingency procedures;

  • (h.2) ensure that all vessel personnel with security responsibilities receive, before carrying out any of those responsibilities, security orientation that is appropriate to their duties;

  • (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.

  • SOR/2014-162, s. 15.

Vessel Personnel with Security Responsibilities

  •  (1) A member of the vessel personnel with security responsibilities on a SOLAS ship shall hold

    • (a) in the case of a SOLAS ship that is entitled to fly the Canadian flag, a certificate of proficiency as a member of the vessel personnel with security responsibilities issued under Part 8; or

    • (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 member of the ship personnel with security responsibilities issued by the contracting government of that state.

  • (2) In circumstances of exceptional necessity, if a member of the vessel personnel with security responsibilities is temporarily unavailable to fulfil his or her security responsibilities on a SOLAS ship, the Administration may permit a member of the vessel personnel without security responsibilities but with a knowledge of the vessel security plan to fulfil those responsibilities until the ship arrives at the next port of call or for a period not exceeding 30 days.

  • (3) A member of the vessel personnel with security responsibilities on a non-SOLAS ship shall have, by training or job experience, knowledge and competence that are relevant to the industry in which the ship operates in any of the following areas that relate to the member’s 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 could possibly 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.

  • SOR/2014-162, s. 16.