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ISPS Solutions Inc. thus assists the client in the assessment and prioritization of its current and future needs in terms of security. Depending on the needs identified and the solutions adopted, the client can always opt to integrate them, in whole or in part, into a production schedule.

In the alternative where a client chooses to carry out his projects by segment, without a predetermined deadline, he will have the opportunity to do so in selecting individually the specialized support service(s) listed below.

The process has three phases that must be performed in the following order:

  1. The security assessment and the production of a report which make it possible to identify the security issues relating to threats, port emergency planning, physical security and operations;

  2. Approval of the content of the security plan grouping the procedures which must be consistent with the findings of safety assessment.

  3. Certification resulting from an on-site inspection confirming that these same procedures are being practiced as stipulated in the plan.



This assessment is carried out by Transport Canada inspectors in collaboration with the marine facility security officer or port and takes into account potential threats and types of security incidents.

The resulting safety assessment report will contain critical information and findings that will bind the operator on its how to proceed thereafter, i.e. during the implementation of the security plan.

Given the scope of this report, it is therefore relevant to fully understand, before writing it, the issues arising from it and know the good practices that apply according to the types of operations and the maritime environment.



This component covers the activities that must be carried out in order to produce a security plan that will meet all the requirements regulations as well as the steps to be taken in order to obtain certification of the security plan. ISPS Solutions Inc. can support you in whole or in part as part of the certification process. Here is an example of the process:

  1. Integration of the findings of the assessment into the procedures of the security plan;

  2. Development of security procedures;

  3. Management and maintenance of security registers, forms and other corporate documentation;

  4. Security training and awareness program;

  5. Integration of service agreements with stakeholders, partners and the port, if applicable ;

  6. Integration of emergency planning: evacuation plan and procedure in the event of a bomb threat ;

  7. Filing of the security plan for approval by Transport Canada;

  8. Modifications, corrections or amendments to the plan before approval;

  9. Approval by Transport Canada of the security plan;

  10. On-site inspection;

  11. Inspection report, correction or amendment;

  12. Recommendation for issuance of certification for marine facility or port.


For details of training and awareness services available, please see the section Training Program



Security exercises and drills test the proficiency of marine facility personnel to carry out security responsibilities assigned to them for all MARSEC levels. Effective implementation of the security plan marine facility allows them to identify any related security deficiencies that need to be corrected.

Security drills are carried out, as the case may be, at least once every three months or in the month following the recovery operations at the marine facility when it has not been in service or has been inactive for more than three months.

Security training shall be carried out at least once per calendar year, the interval between training not exceeding eighteen months.



The safety verification (audits) is carried out once a year, starting from the date of approval of the plan or when there is a new operator of the marine facility, a change in operations or location, or modifications at the marine facility, which could affect its security.

Verification of the security plan establishes if there are any gaps or changes in relation to procedures, responsibilities staff, operator or operations that require changes to it.

Individuals performing verification have knowledge of verification and inspection methods and access control and monitoring techniques and, when possible, are independent of the activities being audited.



Maritime security, health and safety, emergency planning and operations management are the four specialties that have a direct influence on the work of the Marine Facility Security Officer.

The objective of the guide is to bring together on a single medium the essential critical information in each of the areas of expertise, in order to facilitate informed decision-making when planning operations, in the face of an emergency situation or again when an unfortunate event occurs.



This component aims to provide the operator of a marine facility or the port organization with a port emergency plan in order to intervene adequately in the event of an emergency situation involving the maritime community to react effectively and in an informed manner.

The purpose of the plan is to invite the responders, partners and organizations involved in cases of intervention on a maritime installation or in a port, to maintain a level of effective communication coordination during a crisis situation or unfortunate event.



Based on an assessment of the risks inherent in operations and the maritime environment, procedures, documents and other tools are developed and grouped in a program.

This component aims to provide the operator with a marine facility, a work accident prevention program and awareness of staff to take the necessary measures to protect themselves in the workplace.



It is important to specify that the client can always choose his level of involvement in the services selected. This is often the case during a certification or inspection process or even during a risk assessment process.

The definition of the implementation schedule and deliverables as well as the financial framework are therefore established jointly with the client in order to meet the needs and particularities of each.

Finally, a cost estimate is also available for any special request in one of the themes mentioned above.

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