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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
call (902) 425-3980
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Maritime Security

Integrated Services

MacDonnell Security Risk Management offers integrated maritime security solutions for those port facilities that want to outsource all their maritime security obligations to one contractor. Some port facility operators employee their own guards, others contract just the guard service to private companies. In essence, this service provides both the professional and the labour components of the entire requirement for a port facility operator. Combining their needs in this fashion can usually be shown to reduce their overall security expenditures.


There are two types of these services offered:

1. Mobile Maritime Security Services

This is a temporary, short term service. The MacDonnell team will go to a client’s site to provide security sweeps, security barriers, continuous monitoring, access control and a host of other activities. These can be done on a one-time-only or recurring basis.

2. Customized Security Area Services

This is a customized security service that outsources most of the maritime security obligations that a port facility operator must have in place to remain as a compliant facility. It allows port facilities to have trained and recognized security personnel on site to perform all security duties as well as trained professionals to carry out the administrative requirements of the regulator. This can save facilities thousands of dollars a year in training and compliance costs, while still complying with the ISPS Code and Transport Canada Regulations.

Integrated Security Services are contracted for as multi-year contracts for the Customized Facility Services and on a standing order basis for Mobile Maritime Security Services.


Security Risk Management


A. Compliance Evaluations
Services to assist companies develop a corporate approach to compliance and stay current with International Maritime Organization and Transport Canada requirements.


B. Facility and Vessel Security Assessments
These services assess the compliance/non compliance of a facility. Security assessments include on site surveys, vulnerability, threat and risk analysis and a written report in the form required by the signature country.


C. Port Security Plans
The company prepares a marine facility security plan or a port administration security plan in accordance with ISPS Code regulations and the regulations of the country having jurisdiction, such as the Canadian Marine Transport Security Regulations. The company also prepares business plans related to the implementation of security plan measures including capital and operating costs forecasts, tariff setting and grant application management.


D. Transport Canada Documentation
The company can complete the documentation required by Transport Canada for compliance with the regulations.


E. Security Plan Audit
Facilities wishing to comply with domestic and international maritime regulations must implement and maintain an Audit Program for Maritime Security Auditing activities. Activities performed by MacDonnell include an annual audit exercise, periodic reviews of security documentation and audit inspections and security procedures.


F. Exercises, Assessments and Drills
Mandatory exercises and drills are developed and executed for customers on their site to allow them to remain a compliant facility.


G. Software Solutions
Software solutions are available to support and facilities a clients’ ship and port security assessments at an enterprise level or for an individual asset.
Risk Management Services are sold on a fee-for-service basis or as part of annual contract for Integrated Security Services.