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Cablegate: Oas Assistance for Hemisphere Ports in Meeting

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.

UNCLAS MONTREAL 000696

SIPDIS

DEPARTMENT FOR WHA/USOAS ECONOFF CROOK-CASTAN AND POLOFF
FERRAO

OTTAWA FOR ECON AND DHS/ICE

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON EWWT KCRM PREL PTER MARAD OAS
SUBJECT: OAS ASSISTANCE FOR HEMISPHERE PORTS IN MEETING
ISPS CODE, FOLLOW-UP TO SECURE PORTS CONFERENCE

REF: A) STATE 074894 B) STATE 016086

1. Per reftel A request, post's Principal Officer contacted
Port of Montreal (POM) Security Director Felixpier Bergeron
to inquire about the POM's progress in completing a plan of
action to comply with the new international regulations and
standards set by the International Maritime Organization
(IMO) International Shipping and Port Security Code (ISPS).

2. Security Director Bergeron, drafter of the POM plan,
reported that the Montreal plan is completed. He added that
Transport Canada representatives visited the POM on
yesterday (May 11), reviewed the plan and were pleased with
it. He stated that translation of the plan from English to
French, which is expected to be completed in two weeks, is
the only detail holding up Transport Canada's final
approval.

3. Bergeron pointed out that the POM plan may differ from
most other ports' plans because it is a Master Plan that
consists of 29 sub-plans, one sub-plan for each facility or
activity that interfaces with the port. For example, he
said there is a separate plan for the pilot boats'
terminal, the petroleum terminal, etc. The estimated price
tag to implement the POM plan is approximately $9 million
(Canadian).

4. In response to PO's question about possible technical
assistance needs, Bergeron emphasized that the POM has had
in place for almost two years enhanced access controls and a
top-flight camera surveillance program that is monitored in
the Harbor Master's Control Center. (Note: PO learned on an
April 26 POM visit arranged for WHA DAS Jewell, that
redundant images from the camera surveillance program are
routed to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police office located at
the port. End note.) Bergeron also mentioned that other
international port authorities (ie., Marseille, France and
Dakar, Senegal) have visited and/or have arranged imminent
visits to the POM, to study the POM plan and/or consult on
the preparation of their ports' respective plans.
Allen

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