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Marine Transportation Security Regulations (SOR/2004-144)

Regulations are current to 2020-11-02 and last amended on 2014-06-19. Previous Versions

PART 2Vessels (continued)

Security Procedures for Restricted Areas

Establishment of Restricted Areas

  •  (1) At all MARSEC levels, security procedures for restricted areas shall be established in the vessel security plan, to the extent that they are appropriate to the vessel’s operations, in order to

    • (a) prevent or deter unauthorized access;

    • (b) protect the vessel, security areas within the vessel, security and surveillance equipment and systems and persons authorized to be on board; and

    • (c) protect cargo and ships’ stores from tampering.

  • (2) Restricted areas shall be established for the following areas:

    • (a) the navigation bridge, machinery spaces and other control stations;

    • (b) spaces containing the central controls for security and surveillance equipment and systems and spaces that contain the central lighting system controls;

    • (c) ventilation and air-conditioning systems and other similar spaces;

    • (d) spaces with access to potable water tanks, pumps or manifolds;

    • (e) spaces containing dangerous goods or hazardous substances;

    • (f) spaces containing cargo pumps and their controls;

    • (g) cargo spaces and spaces containing ships’ stores;

    • (h) crew accommodations; and

    • (i) any other spaces or areas vital to the security of the vessel.

  • (3) The vessel security plan shall contain procedures to

    • (a) identify vessel personnel who are authorized to have access;

    • (b) determine the persons other than vessel personnel who are authorized to have access;

    • (c) determine the conditions under which vessel personnel or other persons are authorized to have access;

    • (d) define the extent of any restricted area;

    • (e) establish the times when access restrictions apply; and

    • (f) post notices in accordance with section 21 of the Act.

  • SOR/2006-269, s. 6

MARSEC Level 1

 At MARSEC level 1, the following security procedures for restricted areas shall be established in the vessel security plan, to the extent that they are appropriate to the vessel’s operations:

  • (a) the locking or securing of access points;

  • (b) the monitoring and use of surveillance equipment;

  • (c) the use of guards or patrols; and

  • (d) the use of automatic intrusion detection devices to alert vessel personnel to unauthorized access by the activation of an audible or visual alarm at a location that is continuously attended or monitored.

MARSEC Level 2

 At MARSEC level 2, the following additional security procedures for restricted areas shall be established in the vessel security plan, to the extent that they are appropriate to the vessel’s operations:

  • (a) an increase in the frequency and intensity of monitoring and access controls on existing restricted areas;

  • (b) the establishment of restricted areas adjacent to access points;

  • (c) the continuous monitoring of each area, using surveillance equipment; and

  • (d) the assignment of additional personnel to guard or patrol each area.

MARSEC Level 3

 At MARSEC level 3, the following additional security procedures for restricted areas shall be established in the vessel security plan, to the extent that they are appropriate to the vessel’s operations:

  • (a) the establishment of additional restricted areas on the vessel in proximity to the location of a security incident or the presumed location of a security threat; and

  • (b) searches of restricted areas as part of a security sweep of the vessel.

Security Procedures for Handling Cargo

General

  •  (1) At all MARSEC levels, security procedures in relation to cargo handling shall be established in the vessel security plan, to the extent that they are appropriate to the vessel’s operations, in order to

    • (a) deter and detect tampering;

    • (b) prevent cargo that is not meant for carriage from being accepted and stored on board the vessel;

    • (c) identify cargo that is approved for loading onto the vessel;

    • (d) include inventory control procedures at access points to the vessel; and

    • (e) be able to inspect cargo for dangerous substances and devices at a frequency specified in the plan by one or more of the following means:

      • (i) visual examination,

      • (ii) physical examination,

      • (iii) detection devices such as scanners, or

      • (iv) canines.

  • (2) The company security officer or vessel security officer may, with the agreement of the marine facility security officer and, if applicable, the port security officer, make arrangements with shippers or others responsible for the cargo with respect to off-site inspection, sealing, scheduling, supporting documentation and similar matters. The company security officer or vessel security officer, as the case may be, shall inform the marine facility security officer and, if applicable, the port security officer of any arrangement.

MARSEC Level 1

 At MARSEC level 1, the following security procedures in relation to cargo handling shall be established in the vessel security plan, to the extent that they are appropriate to the vessel’s operations:

  • (a) the routine inspection, including for evidence of tampering, of cargo and cargo spaces before and during cargo handling, except where it is unsafe to do so;

  • (b) verification that cargo to be loaded matches the cargo documentation or that cargo markings or container numbers match the information provided with shipping documents;

  • (c) inspection before loading, in accordance with the frequency specified in the plan and in liaison with marine facilities, of vehicles to be loaded on board ro-ro vessels, car-carriers and passenger vessels; and

  • (d) verification, in liaison with marine facilities, of seals or other means used to prevent tampering.

MARSEC Level 2

 At MARSEC level 2, the following additional security procedures in relation to cargo handling shall be established in the vessel security plan, to the extent that they are appropriate to the vessel’s operations:

  • (a) an increase in the frequency and detail of inspecting cargo and cargo spaces;

  • (b) intensified inspections to ensure that only the intended cargo, container or other cargo transport units are loaded;

  • (c) intensified inspections of vehicles to be loaded on board ro-ro vessels, car-carriers and passenger vessels;

  • (d) increases, in liaison with the marine facility, in the frequency and detail of inspections of seals or other means used to prevent tampering;

  • (e) increases in the frequency of the use of detection devices, such as scanners, or canines; and

  • (f) the coordination of enhanced security procedures with the shipper or other responsible party in accordance with an established agreement and procedures.

MARSEC Level 3

 At MARSEC level 3, the following additional security procedures in relation to cargo handling shall be established in the vessel security plan, to the extent that they are appropriate to the vessel’s operations:

  • (a) the suspension of loading or unloading of cargo;

  • (b) preparation for cooperation with response organizations and marine facilities; and

  • (c) a verification of the inventory and location of any hazardous substances carried on board.

Security Procedures for Delivery of Ships’ Stores and Bunkers

General

  •  (1) At all MARSEC levels, security procedures for the delivery of ships’ stores and bunkers shall be established in the vessel security plan, to the extent that they are appropriate to the vessel’s operations, in order to

    • (a) inspect ships’ stores for package integrity;

    • (b) prevent ships’ stores from being accepted without inspection;

    • (c) prevent tampering; and

    • (d) prevent ships’ stores and bunkers from being accepted without being ordered.

  • (2) If a vessel routinely uses a marine facility, the vessel security plan may establish standing procedures involving the vessel, its suppliers and the marine facility regarding notification and the timing of deliveries and their documentation.

 
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