The Maritime Security Branch is committed to working with international organizations to meet the security challenges of a complex maritime environment and recognizes the importance of broadening international consensus when addressing these challenges. To this end, the Maritime Security Branch is actively engaged in a number of international fora, among them, the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The IMO is the lead organization for the establishment of international standards and technical requirements for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS)-class vessels. The Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) system of ships was spearheaded by the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) as a means of enhancing maritime security via improved Maritime Domain Awareness. Through the efforts of the IMO's LRIT Working Group, chaired by the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG), and the contributions of other members of CCG’s LRIT team, Canada is recognized as a world leader.
Recently CCG, representing Canada, along with the United States, co-Chaired an IMO MSC Correspondence Group responsible for the review of a "User Guide to SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code". The Guide will assist in the implementation and verification of compliance with and enforcement of the provisions of SOLAS Chapter XI-2 and the ISPS Code, as well as aid for those engaged in capacity building activities in the field of maritime security.
Canada is also an active member of the North Pacific and North Atlantic Coast Guard Forums. The North Pacific Coast Guard Forum brings together subject matter experts from maritime safety and security agencies in Canada, China, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States, all with borders on the North Pacific Ocean. The Forum acts as a venue to foster multilateral cooperation through the sharing of information on matters related to fisheries enforcement, maritime security, illegal migration, illegal drug trafficking, combined operations and information exchange. CCG and Department of Fisheries and Oceans representatives participate in each of the Forum's six working groups.
The North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum representing the 26 North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum member countries meet as a means of increasing cooperation amongst member countries on matters related to maritime safety and security in the North Atlantic region. CCG representatives chair the Environmental Response Working Group as well as participate in each of the North Atlantic Coast Guard Forum's additional Working Groups (Fisheries Enforcement, Illegal Drug Trafficking, Illegal Migration, Search and Rescue, Technical and Maritime Security). Representatives from the Maritime Security Branch participate in both forums.
CCG recognizes that working to enhance maritime security globally serves to better protect Canada, Canadians and Canadian interests and will continue to identify opportunities to share CCG expertise and coordinate maritime security capacity building efforts with its international partners.
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