1. Enhance awareness of possible maritime security threats

LRIT Vessel Movements February 2010 – March 2011

To support an enhanced awareness of possible maritime security threats, CCG provides valuable vessel identification and tracking information to partner agencies using its traffic monitoring systems. This information is analyzed by the maritime security community in order to identify possible security threats. The use of data from CCG’s Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Long Range Identification and Tracking (LRIT) systems is integral to this process.

Employee monitoring traffic at a Marine Security Operations Centre (MSOC)

AIS involves the surveillance and identification of vessels approaching and operating within the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway and up to 40 nautical miles from Canada’s coasts. The LRIT system provides positional data on Canadian flag vessels, international vessels destined for Canadian ports, and vessels transiting within 1,000 nautical miles of Canada’s shores.