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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 2Vessels (continued)

Vessel Security Plan (continued)

Format

 The vessel security plan shall include the following individual sections and, if the plan does not list the sections in the following order, it shall contain an index that identifies the location of the sections:

  • (a) organizational structure for the security of the vessel;

  • (b) personnel training;

  • (c) drills and exercises;

  • (d) records and documentation;

  • (e) response to a change in the MARSEC level;

  • (f) procedures for interfacing with marine facilities and other vessels;

  • (g) declarations of security;

  • (h) communications;

  • (i) security systems and equipment maintenance;

  • (j) security procedures for access control;

  • (k) security procedures for restricted areas;

  • (l) security procedures for handling cargo;

  • (m) security procedures for delivery of ships’ stores and bunkers;

  • (n) security procedures for monitoring;

  • (o) procedures for security threats, security breaches and security incidents;

  • (p) audits and vessel security plan amendments; and

  • (q) vessel security assessment summary.

  • SOR/2014-162, s. 101(E)

Security Procedures for Access Control

General

  •  (1) At all MARSEC levels, security procedures shall be established in the vessel security plan, to the extent that they are appropriate to the vessel’s operations, to control access to the vessel (in particular, access to ladders, access gangways, access ramps, access doors, side scuttles, windows and ports, hatches, mooring lines, anchor chains, cranes and hoisting gear) and to

    • (a) deter the unauthorized introduction of weapons, explosives and incendiaries and other dangerous substances and devices;

    • (b) carry out authorized screening; and

    • (c) secure weapons, explosives and incendiaries and other dangerous substances and devices that are authorized to be on board.

  • (2) The vessel security plan shall ensure that the following are established at each MARSEC level:

    • (a) the type of restriction or prohibition to be applied and the means of enforcing it; and

    • (b) the means of identification required to allow persons to board the vessel and remain on the vessel without having their identity questioned.

  • (3) The vessel security plan shall ensure that an identification system for verifying the identification of vessel personnel or other persons seeking to board the vessel is established that

    • (a) allows the identification of authorized persons, temporarily or permanently, at each MARSEC level;

    • (b) is coordinated, when practicable, with identification systems at marine facilities used by the vessel; and

    • (c) is updated regularly.

  • (4) The vessel security plan shall indicate the frequency of application of any security procedure for access control, particularly if the security procedure is applied on a random or occasional basis.

MARSEC Level 1

 At MARSEC level 1, security procedures for access control shall be established in the vessel security plan, to the extent that they are appropriate to the vessel’s operations, including

  • (a) the authorized screening of persons and goods at a frequency specified in the plan;

  • (b) verifications of the identification of any person seeking to board the vessel and examining at least one of the following:

    • (i) joining instructions,

    • (ii) a passenger ticket,

    • (iii) a boarding pass,

    • (iv) work orders or surveyor orders,

    • (v) governmental identification,

    • (vi) a restricted area pass, or

    • (vii) visitor badges issued in accordance with an identification system;

  • (c) the denial or revocation of a person’s authorization to be on board if the person is unable or unwilling, at the request of vessel personnel, to establish their identity or to account for their presence on board;

  • (d) reporting of any incident referred to in paragraph (c) to the company security officer, vessel security officer, marine facility security officer, port security officer, if applicable, and the appropriate law enforcement agencies;

  • (e) means to deter unauthorized access to the vessel;

  • (f) the identification of access points that must have secured means of entry or be attended to deter unauthorized access;

  • (g) the locking of, or the prevention in some other way of access to, unattended spaces that adjoin areas to which passengers and visitors have access;

  • (h) the provision of a designated secure area on board or, in liaison with a marine facility, at a marine facility, for conducting the authorized screening of persons and goods;

  • (i) the authorized screening of vessel personnel or their goods by other vessel personnel, if it is clearly required for security reasons;

  • (j) the segregation of persons who and their goods that have been through authorized screening from other persons and their goods;

  • (k) the segregation of embarking passengers from disembarking passengers;

  • (l) the authorized screening before loading, at the frequency specified in the vessel security plan and in liaison with a marine facility, of a defined percentage of vehicles to be loaded aboard a passenger vessel;

  • (m) the authorized screening before loading, in liaison with a marine facility, of all unaccompanied vehicles to be loaded on a passenger vessel; and

  • (n) a response to the presence of unauthorized persons on board, including the expulsion of unauthorized boarders.

MARSEC Level 2

 At MARSEC level 2, additional security procedures for access control shall be established in the vessel security plan, to the extent that they are appropriate to the vessel’s operations, including

  • (a) an increase in the frequency and detail of the authorized screening of persons and goods;

  • (b) the authorized screening of all unaccompanied baggage by means of X-ray equipment;

  • (c) the assignment of additional personnel to patrol deck areas during periods of reduced vessel operations to deter unauthorized access;

  • (d) a reduction in the number of access points to the vessel;

  • (e) the denial of access to visitors who do not have a verified destination;

  • (f) the deterrence of waterside access to the vessel, which may include, in liaison with a marine facility or a port administration, providing boat patrols; and

  • (g) if the vessel is at a marine facility, the establishment of a restricted area on the shoreside of the vessel, in close cooperation with the facility.

MARSEC Level 3

 At MARSEC level 3, additional security procedures for access control shall be established in the vessel security plan, to the extent that they are appropriate to the vessel’s operations, including

  • (a) the authorized screening of all persons and goods;

  • (b) the performance of one or more of the following procedures on unaccompanied baggage:

    • (i) more extensive authorized screening, such as X-raying it from two or more angles,

    • (ii) preparing to restrict or suspend handling it, and

    • (iii) refusing to accept it on board;

  • (c) preparation for cooperating with response organizations and marine facilities;

  • (d) the limitation of access to the vessel to a single, controlled access point;

  • (e) the granting of access to only those responding to the security incident or security threat;

  • (f) the suspension of embarkation or disembarkation activities;

  • (g) the suspension of operations related to cargo;

  • (h) the evacuation of the vessel;

  • (i) the movement of the vessel; and

  • (j) the preparation for a full or partial search of the vessel.

 
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