SSB No. 06/2024 on maintenance of fire safety systems and equipment issued by Transport Canada

ship safety bulletin SSB No. 06/2024 published by Transport Canada
ship safety bulletin SSB No. 06/2024 published by Transport Canada

Transport Canada has issued a ship safety bulletin SSB No. 06/2024 regarding maintaining fire safety systems and equipment.

This bulletin is to remind the marine community about maintaining fire safety systems and equipment.

The bulletin emphasizes the following points:
– Visually check systems and equipment as required. ​
– Confirm that systems and equipment are accessible and available for immediate use. ​
– Keep systems and equipment in safe operating condition. ​ Continue reading “SSB No. 06/2024 on maintenance of fire safety systems and equipment issued by Transport Canada”

Candian vessel construction and equipment regulations updated

Photo by The Canadian Press/Justin Tang
Photo by The Canadian Press/Justin Tang

The Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez, announced that new Vessel Construction and Equipment Regulations, which apply to the construction and equipment of new vessels 24 metres or more in length (excluding fishing vessels and pleasure craft), have come into force. The regulations update and consolidate requirements that previously existed in various regulations under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, and the Canada Labour Code, into one set of regulations and add penalties for non-compliance. The regulations are wide-ranging, Continue reading “Candian vessel construction and equipment regulations updated”

$165.4 million Green Shipping Corridor program announced by Canada

Pablo Rodriguez, has announced the Green Shipping Corridor Program
Pablo Rodriguez, has announced the Green Shipping Corridor Program

Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez, has announced the Green Shipping Corridor Program, marking a significant advancement in environmental sustainability for Canada. Supported by an enormous investment of $165.4, the program promotes environmentally responsible practices in the marine shipping sector in critical areas, which includes the St. Lawrence Seaway, the Great Lakes, and Canada’s eastern and western coasts.

The program, comprising two crucial funding streams, aims to solve pollution issues in the maritime industry and clear the path for more dependable and clean shipping. Funding applications under these streams are currently being accepted through Transport Canada’s website. Continue reading “$165.4 million Green Shipping Corridor program announced by Canada”

Canada Safe Boating Awareness Week 21-27 May 2022

Safe Boating Awareness week 21-27 May 2022
Safe Boating Awareness week 21-27 May 2022

The 2022 Safe Boating Awareness campaign will still be reaching out to Canadian boaters but, may be a little different in many ways.

Boating is not quite into full gear yet, with some areas of the country open and some soon to open. Because many are getting onto the water in time for Canada Safe Boating Awareness week, we want to remind you of not just our 5 key messages for boating safely, we will also want you to keep in mind recommendations related to physical distancing and who should be and not be on your boat. Continue reading “Canada Safe Boating Awareness Week 21-27 May 2022”

Canadian Government releases draft legislative proposals to implement luxury tax on new boats

In Budget 2021, the government proposed the introduction of a tax on the sale of new luxury cars and aircraft with a retail sale price over $100,000, and new boats over $250,000. The tax would be calculated at the lesser of 20 per cent of the value above these price thresholds or 10 per cent of the full value of the luxury vehicle, aircraft or vessel.

To implement this commitment, the government released for public comment draft legislative proposals. These proposals reflect, and respond to, input received during consultations with stakeholders. You have until 11 April to have your say. Continue reading “Canadian Government releases draft legislative proposals to implement luxury tax on new boats”

Report from Marine Renewables Canada sets out the progress on marine energy during 2021

Canada’s national association for offshore renewable energies Marine Renewables Canada has released a report summarizing its activities in tidal, wave, and offshore wind sector in 2021.

Marine renewable energy projects and R&D are progressing in Canada, with several tidal energy developers approaching deployments as a next step in 2022, new partnerships to accelerate integration in remote communities, and a growing focus on how to support offshore wind development. Continue reading “Report from Marine Renewables Canada sets out the progress on marine energy during 2021”

Latest data on Canadian boating market published

Canada’s most comprehensive summary of statistics on the country’s extensive boating market has been released in digital format. The 2020 Canadian Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is now available as a completely digital publication, highlighting a range of detailed data on North America’s second-largest boating market, compiled by the National Marine Manufacturers Association – Canada.

The report presents includes detailed data on:

Economic factoids for 2007–2020 calendar years
New and pre-owned powerboat and sailboat sales
New outboard engine sales
Boat and engine exports and imports
NMMA members receive unlimited complimentary access to the digital version of the annual Canadian Boating Statistical Abstract.

Click here for more details. 

Ferry bottom contact linked to safety management deficiencies

Ferry bottom contact linked to safety management deficiencies
Ferry bottom contact linked to safety management deficiencies

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) has published an investigation report about the bottom contact of the passenger ferry ‘Deer Island Princess II’ near Letete, New Brunswick, in February 2018. It has determined that common safety hazards, such as extremely low tides, had not been identified and mitigated by the operator of the vessel.

On 2 February 2018, the passenger ferry Deer Island Princess II, with 4 people onboard, made bottom contact while transiting from Butler Point, Deer Island, New Brunswick to Letete, New Brunswick. As a result, one of two Z-drive thruster units detached from the vessel. The crew aborted its voyage and was proceeding back to Butler Point Continue reading “Ferry bottom contact linked to safety management deficiencies”

Canada’s new vessel safety certificates and inspection standard

Canada’s new vessel safety certificates and inspection standard
Canada’s new vessel safety certificates and inspection standard

Transport Canada has published an overview of the new Vessel Safety Certificates Regulations and Canadian Vessel Plan Approval and Inspection Standard. These new regulations came into force on 23 June 2021, and the standard is now effective.

Applying to all Canadian vessels and any foreign vessels in Canadian waters, the regulations specify which vessels require certification and inspection. The standard (TP15456) outlines plan submissions and inspection standards for Canadian vessels requiring a vessel safety certificate.

The new Vessel Safety Certificates Regulations update and modernize old regulations and Canada’s inspection regime. The regulationsexplain the vessel safety certificate requirements for all Canadian vessels and foreign vessels that operate in Canadian waters.

The new Vessel Safety Certificates Regulations cancel and replace the old Vessel Certificates Regulations, and modernize the provisions formerly found in these regulations. To create a more modern and flexible process, the new regulations cancel the inspection requirements from several regulations and detail them in the new Continue reading “Canada’s new vessel safety certificates and inspection standard”

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