Transport Canada and St. John’s Port Authority tangle over harbor-front fencing
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 12/27/2012 -- When it comes to St. John’s harbor-front security fence and the Transport Canada’s recent statements regarding it, Sean Hanrahan has a few choice words to say.
Not is it simply the case that the St. John’s Port Authority has been dealing with extensive backlash from the persons who opposed construction of the harbor-front fencing, but it now appears that Transport Canada is making some conflicting statements regarding their stance o the issue.
“It’s very frustrating,” said Hanrahan, the CEO of the port authority.
“I think Transport Canada has an obligation to clarify the whole thing in terms of their messaging.”
According to Hanrahan, he made several phone calls on Friday in order to tell them to straighten out their stance on the issue; however, by Friday there had still bee no work.
Transport Canada issued a statement through a spokesperson that was given to the CBC, which stated the department did not tell any authority to erect any security fence.
Steve Bone made a statement via email to the federal agency, which stated: “Transport Canada is satisfied with the Port of St. John’s current security plan and did not instruct the port operator to erect new fencing. Any amendments or changes to a security plan must be submitted to Transport Canada for review and approval.”
He also stated that Transport Canada “does not instruct port operators to erect fences or other types of barriers, but many port facilities chose this method of restriction,” and, “It is up to the port facilities to determine how they will restrict access.”
“I can’t explain it,” said Hanrahan. “It contradicts the letters from Transport Canada. Mr. Bone says Transport Canada is satisfied and the letters I sent you say they aren’t.”
Hanrahan sent a statement to the Telegram in the form of a letter from Transport Canada that concerned the marine facility security plan review for St. John’s.
“Transport Canada has completed a new review of your marine facility security plan and noted that it does not meet the requirements of the Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR).
“Additionally, and as discussed with you during our meetings on Nov. 20-21, you are required to establish a restricted area for all land spaces adjacent to vessels interfacing with your marine facility.”
Hanrahan stated that Transport Canada stated multiple times that it would increase the security as the port became a busier hub.
For many years in our security assessment audits we do every year, it always comes up – (Transport Canada says) as you get busier and attract more (international shipping) you’re going to have to make your facilities up to scratch, and that means the temporary fencing is not any good, and one of these days we’re going to have to write you a letter on it.’
“So, we staved it off as long as we could, then finally we decided we’d better start designing a permanent fence, and we brought it to the city and then we get the letter from Transport Canada,” Hanrahan said.
“When we met with (the city), we said we were going to do a permanent fence and they said that would be great.”
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