Security and Emergency Preparedness
The HPA has taken a leadership position within the Halifax marine community to ensure awareness of, and action on, port security. The Port Security Committee provides a forum where both security and emergency preparedness information can be discussed, and best practices shared amongst all participants and committee members. The diverse committee membership allows the commitee to draw upon its collective expertise, identify gaps in service, and work toward effective solutions. The HPA works closely with the federal government to ensure coordination with marine security initiatives.
HPA facilities are secured and monitored 24 hours a day by fencing, cameras, security onsite workforce, dedicated Halifax Regional Police members and the HPA Primary Control Center.
HPA Security, Primary Control Centre: (902) 426-2639
Marine Transportation Security Clearance
The purpose of the Marine Transportation Security Clearance (MTSC) program is to reduce the risk of security threats to the marine transportation system by conducting background checks on workers who perform certain duties or who have access to certain Restricted Areas within marine facilities. The goal of the Transport Canada Security Clearance Program is to enhance security for the marine transportation system in order to benefit the public, passengers, marine workers, and vessel operators.
Halifax Port Authority Credentialing Office
HPA’s credentialing office is responsible for issuing Port of Halifax Identification cards and processing applications for MTSC as per Transport Canada’s Marine Transportation Security Regulations.
Credentialing office hours are Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by appointment only.
Anyone wishing to make an appointment shall contact the credentialing office at: (902) 426-1597
Credentialing Office Location:
2nd Floor, Film and Media Center
1096 Marginal Road
MTSC application form may be found on this website or by contacting the Credentialing Office. HPA’s Credentialing Office can provide you with instructions on applying for an MTSC or Port of Halifax Identification Card.
Our role at the HPA is to facilitate the safe, secure and efficient movement of trade in the Port of Halifax. We are not first responders in an emergency. However, we work closely with our many partners and with all response agencies in emergency situations. Our 24/7 Primary Control Centre (PCC) and Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) act as a coordination centre for relaying information and managing emergencies, incidents and other occurrences on port lands and in the Halifax Harbour. During an emergency, the HPA follows Incident Command System (ICS) control structure and procedures and exercises this system annually with the different agencies.