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Background checks for port workers

The Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, has announced proposed amendments to the Marine Transportation Security Regulations that will strengthen marine security by requiring background checks for port workers through the Marine Transportation Security Clearance Program.



June 29, 2006
By Jennifer Brown


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The Ministry says the proposed program would reduce the risk of
security threats to the transportation system and help to prevent
unlawful interference with the marine transportation system by
requiring marine workers who perform certain duties or who have access
to certain restricted areas to have a transportation security clearance.

The
requirements would also apply to marine pilots, wharfingers, security
personnel and seafarers who have a Seafarers Identity Document.

The Marine Transportation Security Clearance Program builds on
the experience gained from Transport Canada’s program of background
security checks for airport personnel, which has been in place since
October 1985.

"This proposed program builds on the commitments
the new Government of Canada has made to secure our borders and
strengthen national security," said the Hon. Lawrence Cannon,  Minister
of Transport. "Further securing our ports will also help ensure the
continued competitiveness of our marine industry and contribute to
Canada’s economic growth."

Extensive consultations on the proposed program of background
checks for port workers have been conducted with stakeholders,
including industry and labour representatives, since January 2003.

The Marine Transportation Security Clearance Program is the
next step in enhancing marine security and builds on the requirements
of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code and Canada’s
Marine Transportation Security Regulations, which have been in place
since July 1, 2004.


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