TRANSPORT CANADA NEWS RELEASE
For release September 17, 2004
TRANSPORT CANADA ANNOUNCES
CONSULTATIONS ON MARINE SECURITY REGULATIONS
OTTAWA - Transport Minister Jean-C. Lapierre today
announced that consultations on proposed amendments to the Marine
Transport Security Regulations will begin September 20, 2004. The
amendments include the introduction of a Marine Facilities Restricted
Area Access Clearance Program.
The proposed program would further enhance marine
security by requiring background security checks for port workers
who require access to certain restricted areas or occupy certain
designated positions. The program will build on the experience gained
from Canada's program of background security checks for airport
personnel, which was introduced in October 1985.
"These proposed amendments represent Transport
Canada's next steps to enhance marine security and build on the
new port and ship security requirements in place since July 1,"
said Mr. Lapierre. "Transport Canada looks forward to working
with stakeholders in the marine industry to develop these amendments,
including the Marine Facilities Restricted Area Access Clearance
The amendments are being proposed further to the Government
of Canada's National Security Policy, announced on April 27, 2004
by Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan, which proposes to strengthen
Canada's marine security by:
* clarifying and strengthening accountability;
* establishing Marine Security Operations Centres;
* increasing the Canadian Forces, RCMP and Canadian Coast Guard's
on-water presence, as well as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans'
aerial surveillance activities;
* enhancing civilian and naval fleet communications;
* pursuing greater marine security co-operation with the United
* strengthening the security of marine ports and facilities.
Transport Canada expects to have the new regulations
in place by early 2005.
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