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Domestic Ferries Security Regulations (SOR/2009-321)

Regulations are current to 2021-05-04 and last amended on 2015-06-17. Previous Versions

PART 5Security Assessment and Security Plan (continued)

Security Assessment (continued)

Security Assessment Elements

Marginal note:Required elements

 A security assessment shall address the following elements:

  • (a) physical security;

  • (b) structural integrity;

  • (c) personnel protection systems;

  • (d) operational procedures that might impact on security;

  • (e) radio and telecommunications systems, including computer systems and networks; and

  • (f) utilities and relevant transportation support infrastructure.

On-Site Security Assessment

Marginal note:Objectives

 A ferry security officer and a ferry facility security officer shall ensure that an on-site security assessment is conducted that examines and evaluates protective measures, procedures and operations in effect at a domestic ferry or a domestic ferry facility, as the case may be, in order to

  • (a) ensure the performance of all security duties;

  • (b) control access through the use of identification systems or through other means;

  • (c) control the embarkation of personnel and other persons and their goods, including personal effects, vehicles and baggage, whether accompanied or unaccompanied;

  • (d) supervise the handling of cargo, if any, and the delivery of ships’ stores and bunkers;

  • (e) monitor restricted areas to ensure that only authorized persons have access to them;

  • (f) monitor the deck areas and the areas adjacent to the ferry; and

  • (g) ensure that the security communication systems, information and equipment are readily available.

Analysis and Recommendations

Marginal note:Elements to be considered

  •  (1) A person who conducts a security assessment shall take into account the security assessment information, the on-site security assessment and the requirements of these Regulations in order to provide recommendations for the security procedures to be established in the security plan in respect of the domestic ferry or the domestic ferry facility, including recommendations respecting

    • (a) restricted areas;

    • (b) response procedures for fire or other emergency situations;

    • (c) security supervision of all persons on a ferry or at a ferry facility;

    • (d) the frequency and effectiveness of security patrols;

    • (e) access control systems;

    • (f) security communication systems;

    • (g) security doors, barriers and lighting;

    • (h) security and surveillance equipment and systems; and

    • (i) the evaluation of the potential for each identified point of access on a ferry, including open decks, to be used by individuals who might try to breach security, whether or not those individuals legitimately have access to the ferry.

  • Marginal note:Potential threats to be considered

    (2) A security assessment in respect of a domestic ferry or a domestic ferry facility shall take into account the following potential threats:

    • (a) damage to or destruction of the ferry or the ferry facility by explosive devices, arson, sabotage or vandalism;

    • (b) tampering with essential equipment or systems, ships’ stores or cargo;

    • (c) the unauthorized access to or use of the ferry or the ferry facility, including the presence of stowaways;

    • (d) the smuggling on the ferry or at the ferry facility of weapons, explosives, incendiaries or other dangerous substances or devices, including weapons of mass destruction;

    • (e) the use of the ferry or its equipment, or the use of ferry facility equipment, as a weapon or as a means of causing damage or destruction;

    • (f) the hijacking of the ferry, the seizure of the ferry facility, and the seizure of any persons on the ferry or at the ferry facility;

    • (g) attacks on the ferry while it is at berth, at anchor or in movement; and

    • (h) the use of the ferry facility or its equipment by persons intending to cause a security incident.

  • Marginal note:Domestic ferry

    (3) In the case of a domestic ferry, the security assessment shall consider the security of all persons, operations and goods that it is important to protect, including

    • (a) the capacity to maintain safe navigation and to respond to any emergency situation;

    • (b) cargo, if any, particularly dangerous goods or substances;

    • (c) ships’ stores and bunkers;

    • (d) the ferry’s security communication and surveillance systems; and

    • (e) any other security systems.

  • Marginal note:Domestic ferry facility

    (4) In the case of a domestic ferry facility, the security assessment shall include a vulnerability assessment to determine the following, so as to produce an overall assessment of the level of risk for which security procedures have to be developed:

    • (a) any particular aspect of the ferry facility, including vessel traffic in the vicinity, that might make the ferry facility a target of an attack;

    • (b) the potential consequences of an attack on or at the ferry facility in terms of loss of life, damage to property and economic disruption, including the disruption of marine transportation systems;

    • (c) the capability and intent of persons likely to mount an attack;

    • (d) the potential types of attack;

    • (e) current security procedures, including identification systems;

    • (f) methods and points of access to the ferry facility;

    • (g) the procedures to protect radio and telecommunications equipment, including computer systems and networks;

    • (h) any conflict between safety and security procedures;

    • (i) any implementation or personnel constraints;

    • (j) methods of monitoring restricted areas to ensure that only authorized persons have access to them;

    • (k) areas adjacent to the ferry facility that might be exploited during or for an attack;

    • (l) current security procedures relating to utilities and other services;

    • (m) any deficiency identified during drills or exercises;

    • (n) any deficiencies identified during daily operations, or following incidents or alerts, reports of security concerns, the application of control measures or audits; and

    • (o) the structural integrity of the ferry facility.

Content of the Security Assessment Report

Marginal note:Content of report

 A security assessment report shall be written in English or French and shall contain

  • (a) a summary of how the on-site security assessment was conducted;

  • (b) details of existing security procedures and operations;

  • (c) a description of each vulnerability found during the security assessment;

  • (d) a description of the security procedures to be used to address each vulnerability;

  • (e) a list of the essential operations that it is important to protect; and

  • (f) possible security threats to those operations.

Security Plan


Marginal note:Requirement to establish security plan

  •  (1) A security plan shall be established in respect of each domestic ferry and each domestic ferry facility.

  • Marginal note:Content of security plan

    (2) The security plan shall

    • (a) be written in English or French;

    • (b) state the name of the operator;

    • (c) be based on the findings of the security assessment;

    • (d) address each vulnerability identified in the security assessment; and

    • (e) state procedures for cooperating with emergency response personnel at all MARSEC levels.

  • Marginal note:Structure and presentation of security plan

    (3) A security plan shall include the following individual sections and, if the plan does not list the sections in the following order, it shall contain a table of contents that identifies the location of the sections:

    • (a) organizational structure for security;

    • (b) personnel training;

    • (c) drills and exercises;

    • (d) records and documentation;

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

    • (f) procedures for an interface;

    • (g) communications;

    • (h) maintenance of security systems and equipment;

    • (i) security procedures for access control;

    • (j) security procedures for restricted areas;

    • (k) security procedures for handling cargo, if any;

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

    • (m) security procedures for monitoring;

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

    • (o) security assessment summary; and

    • (p) security plan audits and amendments.

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