VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Port of Vancouver says it is in full compliance with new international maritime security requirements and continues to invest in new security measures, the Vancouver Port Authority announced June 30.
The Port of Vancouver’s maritime community has taken a leadership role on the west coast of Canada to work cooperatively to implement stringent security measures that meet or exceed new international standards,” said Captain Chris Badger, Vice-President, Customer<br><br> Development and Operations, Vancouver Port Authority (VPA). “The commitment to security by the port community extends past the July 1 deadline as we continue to make investments that ensure operational efficiencies and meet the highest security standards.”
Badger said 25 major terminals have worked together to complete security assessments, submit security plans to Transport Canada and receive approval from Transport Canada for their plans.
The Vancouver Port Authority is investing $12.8 million over five years to enhance the physical security of the Port of Vancouver.
The VPA has also implemented or enhanced barriers and equipment on and around Port properties, including perimeter fencing, lighting, optical intrusion detection devices and closed-circuit camera surveillance.
The VPA employs fully automated gates and vehicle access control systems so that only authorized vehicles and individuals can access south shore port property.
Transport Canada has adopted a zero-tolerance policy similar to the U.S. and European countries. As of July 1, non-compliant ships will not be allowed to enter Canadian waters, as per Transport Canada regulations.
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