The Marine Transportation Security Act (MTSA) and its Marine Transportation Security Regulationsare laws and rules that protect the marine transportation system from unlawful interference such as a terrorist attack. Under the MTSA and Section 2 of the Oceans Act, Transport Canada (TC) has the authority to regulate security at offshore facilities such as oil and natural gas drilling platforms.
The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB):
- Manages the federal and provincial aspects of offshore worker health and safety;
- Works to protect the environment;
- Manages offshore petroleum resources;
- Issues licences for exploration; and
- Enforces the provisions of the Accords Acts -
The C-NLOPB is a key security partner at offshore facilities off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador. That is why TC and the C-NLOPB have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that:
- Fosters greater coordination and collaboration between them in conducting marine security activities such as inspections; and,
- Allows operators to use a single set of marine security-related documents to meet TC and C-NLOPB marine security requirements.