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 committee 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.
Port Credentialing Office
HPA’s Port Credentialing Office is responsible for issuing Port of Halifax Identification cards, this includes; Road Transport Passes (RTP), Restricted Area Passes (RAP) and the processing of applications and issuance of Marine Transportation Security Clearances (MTSC), as per Transport Canada’s Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR).
The Port Credentialing Office hours are: Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
In person visits (e.g. payment, card pick-up, etc.) are by appointment only from Monday to Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with all final appointments being at 3:00 p.m.
To book an appointment or if you have an enquiry, please contact the Port Credentialing Office at: (902) 426-1597
To email the Port Credentialing Office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Port Credentialing Office Location:
Film and Media Center (FMC)
Suite 202, Second Floor
1096 Marginal Road
Parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the FMC building, including a section in the back lot to park large trucks and tractor trailers.
The MTSC application, can be found on this website by clicking the link “Apply for a transportation security clearance” 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.