Nationally, threat levels are assigned by Transport Canada Marine Security (TCMS).88
MARSEC stands for Marine Security. MARSEC levels are designed to easily communicate pre-planned responses to increased threat levels.
MARSEC LEVEL 1
Appropriate security measures under normal operating conditions.
MARSEC LEVEL 2
Increased security measures maintained for a heightened security threat or incident for a limited period of time.
MARSEC LEVEL 3
Additional security measures when a security threat or security incident is probable or imminent.
10.2 PRESENT ISPS SECURITY LEVEL INFORMATION
The current MARSEC level in the Port of Prince Rupert can be found by calling the PSOC at +1 (250) 627-2522.
10.3 REPORTING TO PORT FACILITIES
The Port of Prince Rupert has 11 port facilities, each with its own IMO Marine Port Facility Security Officer, known in Canada as the Marine Facility Security Officer (MFSO). The MFSO works with Transport Canada regarding specific details of the security situation of a calling ship. Contact information for the specific MFSO can be found through the vessel Agent or terminal.
EMBARKING AND DISEMBARKING CREW AND VISITORS
Embarking and disembarking crew shall be reported to MFSO of the port facility called at, or in the case of a vessel at anchor, to the PSOC (+1 (250) 627-2522).
At all MARSEC levels, security procedures for the delivery of ships’ stores shall be established in the vessel security plan.
10.4 UNMANNED AIR VEHICLES
Recreational or hobby use of UAV or model aircraft is not permitted over lands or waters within the Port of Prince Rupert without prior permission from PRPA which may be obtained by calling PSOC at +1 (250) 627-2522.
All commercial work or research with UAV operations on or over the jurisdiction of PRPA must be first authorized through Transportation Canada Civil Aviation Regional Office.1 Prior to any UAV operation within the port, a copy of the special flight operations certificate (SFOC) must be provided to PSOC along with the details of the planned flight (time, date, area and altitude). A marine event permit may be required for the UAV operation if it is occurring over the water.
Any suspicious or unexpected use of a UAV will be reported to police and/or Transport Canada.