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”

News Bulletin September 2020

I would urge all surveyors to read and take note of an open letter from IIMS President, Geoff Waddington. It concerns a lack of attention to professional procedures, which is concerning and, having now come to light, is getting some members into hot water. On a lighter note, Geoff came to Portchester to cut the ribbon to officially open Murrills House as our new HQ in a socially distanced ceremony.

The September Report Magazine, edition 93, has been published today. It is another Continue reading “News Bulletin September 2020”

The Report Magazine

The Report Magazine is the official publication of the International Institute of Marine Surveying.

The Institute publishes the Report Magazine four times per year in March, June, September and December. Members are invited to (and do) submit articles regularly for publication, which entitles them to CPD points too. If you wish to send an article for publication please email us.

Each issue will appeal to big ship and small craft surveyors alike. Its content is also highly relevant to P&I Clubs, vessel operators, marine insurers and others involved in the maritime sector. Each issue will be a mix of technical articles and more general features related to the profession of marine surveying. Some of this editorial content is supplied by members and the rest is specially commissioned by the editor.

To view, please select here

The elephant in the room: What do remote surveys mean for the marine surveying profession?

Are remote surveys the future for the profession?
Are remote surveys the future for the profession?

Many things have changed in the past few months and not all of them good as we have learned to cope with tragedy and a new way of living courtesy of the pandemic. COVID-19 certainly has a lot to answer for, but out of the situation that was forced upon the profession, a new way of surveying is fast emerging, particularly in the area of commercial ships and offshore assets. I refer to remote surveying, actually not new, but probably unimaginable to most of us just a few years ago; and a shock to the system of more traditional surveyors and those sceptics amongst us too undoubtedly. They are suddenly fashionable – the talk of the town it appears – and the pandemic has fuelled the latent demand for remote surveys.

Can a vessel really be successfully surveyed remotely? The answer is, of course, yes, but how detailed are remote surveys and what depth of Continue reading “The elephant in the room: What do remote surveys mean for the marine surveying profession?”

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