Security of Offshore Installations

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.