Canadian Marine Transportation Security Regulations – SLSMC Compliance

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation is pleased to announce that it has received certification of ISPS compliance for its 13 locks.

We are proud of this achievement, but we realize that our new site security program imposes restrictions that will require some changes in behaviour.

As of July 1st, 2004, new access control measures will come into force. SLSMC Locks will be considered Controlled Areas and inside these sites Restricted Areas have been designated. On all locks and in some regional offices, measures are being taken to observe and inspect visitors.

In addition to limitations defined in the following protocols, please note that a restricted area is in effect alongside a vessel every time an interface takes place. Inside the Seaway Locks an interface occurs when commercial activity takes place e.g. delivery of stores and services to vessels, crew changes etc. Embarkation and disembarkation of pilots as well as tying up the vessel inside the lock are considered to be transparent activities and thus do not qualify as an interface.

Also, a Declaration of Security (DoS) will be required under certain circumstances.


Declarations of Security (DoS) will normally be initiated in the following instances and manner:

  • For ocean vessels: SLSMC will wait for Transport Canada to advise based on the 96-hour pre-arrival notice or a change in MARSEC levels.
  • For inland vessels a DoS will normally not be required.
  • Will be required if the interface involves a vessel carrying certain Dangerous Cargoes as per list in US rules, 33CFR160.204.
  • Will be required for ships not required by flag state to have a security plan.
  • Will be required if the interface involves a cruise ship.

The DoS form will be utilized.

DoS’s will be coordinated between the Regional Security Officer, the Coordinator Marine Services or the Operational Shift Supervisor who is on duty at the time the request is presented and the Ship Security Officer.


New access control procedures were developed to cover the following items that will have an impact on our customers.

  1. Supplies and services to vessels
  2. Embarkation/disembarkation
    1. Ocean or International Crew
    2. Domestic vessels
    3. Families
    4. Pilots
  3. Vehicle access
  4. Cruise Ship
  5. Unexpected visitor or crew to vessel

Acceptable Identification – ID Passes

ID cards shall be tamper-resistant and laminated with a photograph. ID cards shall show the relevant details of the holder, e.g., name, description, or other pertinent data and are to be issued by the Motor Vehicle Office or other Government office. Acceptable identification includes:

  • Drivers license
  • Photo ID Card issued by a government agency
  • Passport
  • Company Employee Photo ID
  • Union photo ID card
  • Seaman I.D.

For more details concerning these procedures please contact Alvina Ghirardi or Marc Patenaude.

Alvina Ghirardi (Tel. 905-641-1932 ext. 5464)
Marc Patenaude (Tel. 450-672-4110 ext. 2460)