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Marine Transportation Security Regulations (SOR/2004-144)

Regulations are current to 2020-11-17 and last amended on 2014-06-19. Previous Versions

PART 3Marine Facilities (continued)

Security Procedures for Restricted Areas (continued)

MARSEC Level 3

 For MARSEC level 3, the additional security procedures for restricted areas shall include, as appropriate to the facility’s operations,

  • (a) designating additional restricted areas;

  • (b) prohibiting access to restricted areas; and

  • (c) searching restricted areas as part of a security sweep of all or part of the marine facility.

Security Procedures for Handling Cargo

General

 A marine facility security plan shall contain security procedures, as appropriate to the facility’s operations, for cargo handling for each MARSEC level for

  • (a) deterring tampering and detecting evidence of it;

  • (b) preventing cargo that is not meant for carriage from being accepted or stored at the marine facility without the consent of the operator of the marine facility;

  • (c) identifying cargo that is accepted for loading onto vessels interfacing with the marine facility;

  • (d) controlling inventory at access points to the marine facility;

  • (e) identifying cargo that is accepted for temporary storage in a restricted area while awaiting loading or pick up;

  • (f) releasing cargo only to the carrier specified in the cargo documentation;

  • (g) coordinating with shippers and other persons responsible for cargo;

  • (h) creating, updating, and maintaining a continuous inventory of certain dangerous cargoes, from receipt to delivery in the marine facility, that sets out the location in which they are stored; and

  • (i) the examination of the documentation of cargo entering the marine facility.

MARSEC Level 1

 For MARSEC level 1, the security procedures for cargo handling shall include, as appropriate to the facility’s operations,

  • (a) verifying that cargo, containers and cargo transport units entering the marine facility match the invoice or other cargo documentation;

  • (b) routinely inspecting cargo, containers, cargo transport units and cargo storage areas in the marine facility before and during cargo handling operations to detect evidence of tampering, unless it is unsafe to do so;

  • (c) examining documents for vehicles entering the marine facility; and

  • (d) examining seals and other methods used to detect evidence of tampering when cargo, containers or cargo transport units enter the marine facility or are stored there.

MARSEC Level 2

 For MARSEC level 2, the additional security procedures for cargo handling shall include, as appropriate to the facility’s operations,

  • (a) authorized screening of cargo, containers, and cargo transport units in or about to enter the marine facility and cargo storage areas for weapons, explosives and incendiaries;

  • (b) intensifying inspections to ensure that only documented cargo enters the marine facility, is temporarily stored there and is then loaded on board a vessel;

  • (c) authorized screening of vehicles for weapons, explosives and incendiaries;

  • (d) increasing the frequency and detail of examinations of seals and other methods used to prevent tampering;

  • (e) segregating inbound cargo, outbound cargo and ships’ stores;

  • (f) increasing the frequency and intensity of visual and physical inspections; and

  • (g) limiting the number of locations where certain dangerous cargoes are stored.

MARSEC Level 3

 For MARSEC level 3, the additional security procedures for cargo handling shall include, as appropriate to the facility’s operations,

  • (a) restricting or suspending cargo movements or operations in all or part of the marine facility;

  • (b) cooperating with responders and vessels; and

  • (c) confirming the inventory and location of certain dangerous cargoes in the marine facility.

Security Procedures for Delivery of Ships’ Stores and Bunkers

General

 A marine facility security plan shall contain security procedures, as appropriate to the facility’s operations, for the delivery of ships’ stores and bunkers for each MARSEC level for

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

  • (b) preventing them from being accepted without inspection; and

  • (c) preventing tampering.

MARSEC Level 1

 For MARSEC level 1, the security procedures for ships’ stores and bunkers shall include, as appropriate to the facility’s operations,

  • (a) coordinating with vessel operators that are inspecting ships’ stores;

  • (b) requiring advance notification of the delivery of ships’ stores or bunkers, including a list of stores or bunkers, and driver and vehicle registration information in respect of the delivery vehicle;

  • (c) inspecting delivery vehicles at the rate specified in the marine facility security plan; and

  • (d) controlling the delivery vehicles in the marine facility.

MARSEC Level 2

 For MARSEC level 2, the additional security procedures for ships’ stores and bunkers shall include, as appropriate to the facility’s operations,

  • (a) coordinating with vessel operators that are inspecting ships’ stores more intensively;

  • (b) authorized screening of delivery vehicles for weapons, explosives and incendiaries at the rate specified in the marine facility security plan;

  • (c) verifying that ships’ stores and bunkers, before they enter the marine facility, match the invoice or other documentation;

  • (d) escorting delivery vehicles in the marine facility; or

  • (e) restricting or prohibiting the entry of ships’ stores and bunkers that will not leave the marine facility within the period of time set out in the invoice or other documentation.

MARSEC Level 3

 For MARSEC level 3, the additional security procedures for the delivery of ships’ stores and bunkers shall include, as appropriate to the facility’s operations,

  • (a) authorized screening of all delivery vehicles for weapons, explosives and incendiaries;

  • (b) restricting or suspending the delivery of ships’ stores and bunkers; and

  • (c) refusing to accept ships’ stores and bunkers in the marine facility.

Security Procedures for Monitoring

General

  •  (1) A marine facility security plan shall contain, as appropriate to the facility’s operations, security procedures for each MARSEC level for the continuous monitoring of

    • (a) the marine facility and its approaches on land and water;

    • (b) restricted areas in the marine facility; and

    • (c) vessels interfacing with the marine facility.

  • (2) The plan may provide that the monitoring may be effected by any combination of the following:

    • (a) lighting;

    • (b) security guards, on foot or in vehicles, and waterborne patrols; and

    • (c) automatic intrusion-detection devices and surveillance equipment.

  • (3) The following shall be ensured when establishing the appropriate level and location of lighting:

    • (a) marine facility personnel are able to detect activities at the marine facility;

    • (b) the lighting facilitates the identification of persons at access points; and

    • (c) the lighting can be provided through coordination with the port administration and vessels.

  • (4) The plan shall provide that monitoring equipment

    • (a) if it is an automatic intrusion-detection device, activates an audible or visual alarm, or both, at a location that is continuously attended or monitored;

    • (b) is able to function continuously, including during periods of adverse weather or power disruption;

    • (c) monitors access and movements adjacent to vessels interfacing with the marine facility; and

    • (d) limits lighting effects, such as glare, and their impact on safety, navigation and other security activities.

MARSEC Level 1

 For MARSEC level 1, the security procedures shall provide, as appropriate to the facility’s operations, for monitoring at all times.

 
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