Marine Security Operation Centre
Frequently Asked Questions
The RCMP’s Marine and Ports Branch, in partnership with key federal government agencies, is involved in the establishment of three new Marine Security Operation Centres (MSOCs) — the first of their kind in Canada.
The 2004, Securing an Open Society, Canada’s National Security Policy first introduced the need for MSOCs to meet both marine and national security challenges of the 21st century.
In April, 2005, the Government of Canada provided funding over five years aimed at enhancing the security of Canada's marine transportation system and maritime borders, with funding included for MSOCs.
As a result, MSOCs have been established on the east and west coasts (Halifax, N.S. and Esquimalt, B.C. and led by the Department of National Defence), and an interim MSOC has been established for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway located in the Niagara region (led by the RCMP).
The primary purpose of an MSOC is to produce actionable intelligence, concentrating on national security, organized crime and other criminality and to communicate the information to the appropriate jurisdiction in a timely fashion.
Currently, the MSOCs consist of government departments responsible for marine security and/or for providing asset support and maritime expertise, such as:
By bringing together civilian and military interagency staff, the centres will provide a much clearer marine picture through intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information and will have the authority and capacity to detect, assess and provide a coordinated approach to marine security threats.
The east and west coast centres currently have an interim capability and are projected to be fully staffed and operational by 2010.