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MACDONNELL places for people

MacDonnell is a firm of professionals who create exceptional places for people to live, learn, work and play. Specializing in Innovative Engineering, Management Consulting, Maritime Security Training and Risk Management. MacDonnell takes an interdisciplinary approach to projects, inspired by its belief that people are what matter.

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The only program of it's kind in North America is a making a difference in the management and competitiveness of North American ports. The CPE Certified Port Executive Program gives participants the tools and knowledge to make their organization more competitive.

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Whether it is research and development, the introduction of new design in civil engineering, Structural Health Monitoring, Corrosion Free Bridge Decks, or the design of bridges, ports and civil infrastructure, the expertise and services we have to offer come from our highly qualified people, our extensive list of successful projects, and an unparalleled commitment to our clients.  

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MacDonnell Security Risk Management provides a wide range of comprehensive Security Solutions to ensure you remain compliant with MTSR/DFSR Regulations. We combine extensive risk management knowledge and industry operational experience to assist you with identifying and managing your risks while maintaining efficiency.

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MacDonnell provides training and risk management solutions to meet the needs of our clients from coast to coast. Cost-effective and timely training programs which help you meet the objective of remaining abreast of regulatory changes, best practices in the industry, and changing technology and security requirements.

About MacDonnell Group Learning Programs

Vison... enhance the value of seaports and marine transportation to society
Mission... provide learning pathways for seaport and marine transportation management that strengthen the industry

MacDonnell has been providing training, engineering and management consulting services to its clients for over 50 years. The company offers the CPE Certified Port Executive Program™ which has developed an extensive alumni of senior managers from the seaport and terminal operations industry. MacDonnell offers MARAD and Transport Canada approved instructor-led and online training solutions for the more than 4 million port workers in North America. MacDonnell provides the PORTSTAR™ Seaport Security Training System to numerous United States ports, terminal operators and security organizations.

To support continuous professional development in the industry and improve practices through information exchange, MacDonnell hosts an annual series of conferences in North America. The next events are PORTCON Miami 2017, March 28-30 and PORTCON LA-Long Beach, November 19-21. The company has won numerous awards over the years including the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering.

CPE Certified Port Executive Program

The CPE CERTIFIED PORT EXECUTIVE™ PROGRAM is a five day management course designed to provide participants with a professional education opportunity related to the operation of ports, marine terminals, vessels and the broader transportation system.

Through this program, participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the marine transportation system, port and terminal management and maritime administration.
The program gives participants tools and knowledge to make their organization more effective, and has drawn the attention of a broad cross section of executives from all over North America. Over 500 participants representing more than 85 port authorities and 65 terminal operators have become part of the program.

The program website is Participants can attend any of the scheduled public classes and the benefits of in-company training are many, including cost and time efficiencies.

PORTSTAR Seaport Security Training Program

PORTSTAR is a comprehensive online seaport security training system that was developed as an affordable training for all workers who come on secure areas of US seaports and terminals. More than twenty thousand workers have become users on the program.

The program covers nine individual courses covering all regulated training requirements for employees and first responders in secure areas of seaports.

The PORTSTAR Overview Video is located at and the Training Manager Orientation Video is located at

PORTCON Conference and Expo

Originally established in 2006, this conference and expo has evolved into a bi-annual gathering of senior port management professionals from all facets of port, terminal and supply chain partner operations in America and around the globe.

PORTCON is a unique professional learning opportunity for the entire industry designed to help management professionals stay abreast of current and emerging topics and trends in the industry. Attendees learn from the speaker presentations and panels, from the solution providers in the expo, and by networking with their peers. The program awards participants 1.5 Continuing Education Units(CEUs).

PORTCON is also the annual meeting of the CPE Certified Port Executive Program This is a professional development program for port and terminal executives with a growing alumni of over 500 managers dedicated to building a strong future for America's intermodal transportation network.

To enroll in all Facility, Vessel and Ferry Security Training Classes
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Marine Facilities Security Officer (MFSO)-1210
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This program provides the training required for compliance with the Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR).


This interactive course is comprised of 18 hours of classroom activity, usually over a 3 day period and is specifically designed to meet the training needs of those individuals in charge of implementing a Marine Facility Security Plan. This course framework has been developed to meet the requirements of the ISPS Code for global standards of Port Facility Security Officer roles and responsibilities as set out in the guidelines of IMO Model Course 3.19.



After successful completion of the course the trainees will be able to undertake the duties and responsibilities for implementing a Marine Facility Security Plan. This includes security actions to perform security drills and exercises, reviews of security documents, audits of security activities, conducting security inspections, reporting and responding to security threats, security incidents and breaches of security, security training and support to port personnel and record keeping requirements.


mfsoKey topics include:
  • Maritime Security Policy
  • Maritime Security Responsibilities
  • Marine Facility Security Assessments
  • Marine Facility Security Plans
  • Threat identification, Recognition and Response
  • Maritime Security Equipment
  • Security Actions at Marine Facilities
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Port Worker or Crew Security Awareness (PWSA)—1400M
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Employers of port personnel and vessel crews are required by the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) to have some basic maritime security awareness training.  In Canada, the training topics are defined in Section 214 and Section 308 of the Marine Transportation Security Regulations.  Candidates will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by MacDonnell Security Training Provider. 



To meet the regulatory training requirements and for port and vessel peronnel to have an appropriate knowledge base on maritime security requirements and understanding of relevant security measures being implemented within your marine facility or onboard your vessel.

Key Topics Include: The course is completed within 4 hrs and covers:

  • Maritime Security Awareness and Developments
  • Canadian Maritime Security Framework
  • Security Plan Requirements
  • Consent to search and authorized screening
  • Reporting suspicious persons, activities or objects 
  • Recognition of Weapons, Explosive Devices or other dangerous items
  • Performing Search Activities 
  • Implementing Response Procedures
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Persons With Security Responsibilities (PWSR)—1300
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This program provides the required training for persons with security responsibilities under the MTSR. Persons With Security Responsibilities working in compliant marine facilities or vessels are required to obtain relevant training. The specific training topics are outlines in Section 213 and Section 307 of the Marine Transportation Security Regulations.  This is a required course before performing duties under a Marine Facility Security Plan or a Vessel Security Plan.  



This one (1) day course provides the regulatory training requirements for persons with security responsibilities.  This course includes all the procedural duties that could be delgated to a person with security responsibilities by the Marine Facility Security Officer or Vessel Security Officer. 


Key Topics Include:
Pre-Arrival Procedures
Interfacing Activities
Continuous Monitoring
Response Procedures
Weapons and Explosives Devices
Person and Vehicle Searches


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Auditor Training
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This interactive course is comprised of 18 hours of classroom activity, usually delivered over a 3 day period. It is designed to meet the needs of those individuals requiring the skills to perform internal audits of security activities performed under a marine facility security plan and to satisfy auditing requirement set out in the Marine Transportation Security Regulations. The focus of the course is on group workshops and hands-on practical auditing experience.



To aquire in-house auditing skills to meet these requirements instead of using third party auditors. The value of these skill sets can be applied beyond maritime security and used to audit other procedures and processes within the company including safety and environmental requirements.


Key topics include:

  • Auditing Inspection requirements
  • Auditing Security Procedures
  • Auditing Drills and Exercises
  • Workshops on:
  • Preparing for an audit
  • Conducting sample audits
  • Making appropriate audit conclusions
  • Developing an annual audit program
  • Learning to use the Audit Checklist Form
  • Period Reviews of the Security Documents and Security Plan
  • Audit Reports and the Issue of Amendments


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Performing Security Drills and Exercises
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This 2-day course will provide a comprehensive overview of how to prepare, execute, and document outcomes of drills and exercises required by the Marine Transportation Security Regulations. This course is aimed at personnel involved in drills and exercises including Security Guards, vessel/facility personnel with security responsibilities, first responders, government officials, and auditors of these activities. The course material has been developed to help personnel advance their skillsets in conducting security drills and security exercises and acting upon lesson learned from these activities.  One day is spend on presenting the theory and the second day is for hands-on practical experience.



The objective is to  enhance skillsets on conducting drills and exercises including how to properly perform, audit and document the outcomes.


Key course components include:Performing Drills and Exercises

  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Linkages to Security Plan
  • Preparation work  
  • Performing drills and exercises 
  • Documenting the outcomes 
  • Case Studies and best practices
  • One day workshop providing hands-on practical experience


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Performing Security Procedures

This one day course will provide clear guidance on measuring the effectiveness of security procedures. The course material has been developed to ensure participants recognize the key elements of the Marine Transportation Security Regulations and the Domestic Ferries Security Regulations and incorporate them into effective procedures.

This course has been designed to assist vessel/marine facility security officers, ferry/ferry facility security officers, and corporate security supervisors and managers responsible for the design and implementation of security procedures. This course will challenge participants on developing or mapping security procedures and having measurable elements to evaluate their effectiviness. 



To enhace skillsets in performing security procedures effectively and to learn techiques used in the indusrty for creating Security Procedures Manuals.  

Key course components include:

  • Security Procedures Regulated under MTSR or DFSR
  • Linkages of Security Procedures to the Security Plan
  • Understanding operational procedures verses response procedures
  • Understanding what can go wrong with your security procedures
  • Evaluating and enhancing security procedures
  • Mapping Procedural Steps
  • Understanding Measurable Outcomes
  • Case Studies to reinforce the theory presented 
  • Best practices on several specific security procedures


Training program sponsors are organizations committed to excellence in learning and professional development for the port and maritime workforce.

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