Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (S.C. 2001, c. 26)

Assented to 2001-11-01


Marginal note:Compliance with directions
  •  (1) Every passenger on board a vessel shall comply with any direction that is given to them by the master or a crew member to carry out the provisions of this Act or the regulations.

  • Marginal note:Compliance with direction to leave a vessel

    (2) Every passenger on board a vessel shall comply with a direction to leave the vessel that is given to them by the master before the vessel embarks on a voyage.

Authorized Representatives, Masters, Crew Members and Other Persons

Marginal note:When boarding a vessel prohibited

 Subject to sections 135 (stopping and boarding a vessel), 175 (pollution prevention officers’ powers), 196 and 198 (pleasure craft inspections), 200 (stopping and boarding a vessel) and 211 (inspections) and to any other Act of Parliament, no person shall go or attempt to go on board a vessel or to leave or attempt to leave one

  • (a) without the permission or against the orders of the master or the person in charge of embarkation or disembarkation; or

  • (b) if there is no safe means of embarkation or disembarkation or every such means has been blocked.

Marginal note:Tampering and vandalism

 No person shall tamper with or vandalize a vessel or its machinery, equipment or notices or plans relating to emergency procedures, safety or navigation.

Marginal note:Jeopardizing safety

 No person shall take any action that might jeopardize the safety of a vessel or of persons on board.

Construction of Vessels

Marginal note:In accordance with plans

 Subject to the regulations, no person shall construct, manufacture or alter a vessel of a prescribed class otherwise than in accordance with plans approved by the Minister as having met the requirements of the regulations respecting the design and construction of vessels of that class.


Marginal note:Regulations
  •  (1) The Governor in Council may, on the recommendation of the Minister, make regulations respecting the safety of vessels or classes of vessels and of persons on board or loading or unloading a vessel, including regulations

    • (a) respecting the design, construction, manufacture and maintenance of vessels or classes of vessels;

    • (b) specifying the machinery, equipment and supplies that are required or prohibited on board vessels or classes of vessels;

    • (c) respecting the design, construction, manufacture, maintenance, storage, testing, approval, arrangement and use of a vessel’s or a class of vessels’ machinery, equipment and supplies;

    • (d) respecting the requirements that vessels, or classes of vessels, and their machinery and equipment must meet;

    • (e) requiring the obtaining of certificates certifying that any of the requirements referred to in paragraph (d) are met;

    • (f) specifying the terms and conditions of certificates issued under this Part;

    • (g) respecting inspections and the testing of vessels, or classes of vessels, and their machinery, equipment and supplies;

    • (h) respecting load lines and draught marks on vessels or classes of vessels;

    • (i) respecting procedures and practices that must be followed;

    • (j) respecting compulsory routes and recommended routes;

    • (k) regulating or prohibiting the operation of vessels for the purpose of protecting persons, vessels, artificial islands, installations, structures, works, shore areas or environmentally sensitive areas;

    • (l) respecting the prevention of collisions in Canadian waters or waters in the exclusive economic zone of Canada;

    • (m) respecting arrangements for ensuring communication between persons in different parts of a vessel and between persons on board and other persons;

    • (n) respecting information and documents that must be supplied to the master and kept on board vessels or classes of vessels;

    • (o) respecting the marking of vessels and the posting of notices, plans and Canadian maritime documents to show information relating to safety and to emergency procedures;

    • (p) respecting the number of passengers that may be on board a vessel and their safety;

    • (q) respecting the illumination of docks or wharfs at which vessels are berthed;

    • (r) respecting shore-based gangways;

    • (s) respecting cargo; and

    • (t) prescribing anything that may be prescribed under this Part.

  • Marginal note:Application of regulations

    (2) Regulations made under this section apply in respect of vessels that are capable of engaging in the drilling for, or the production, conservation or processing of, oil or gas only if the regulations so state and were made on the joint recommendation of the Minister and the Minister of Natural Resources.

  • Marginal note:Aircraft

    (3) Despite section 105, regulations referred to in paragraph (1)(k) or (l) may be made in respect of aircraft on or over Canadian waters.

  • Marginal note:Pleasure craft

    (4) Despite section 105, regulations referred to in paragraph (1)(j), (k) or (l) may be made in respect of pleasure craft that are in Canadian waters.

  • Marginal note:Contraventions of regulations

    (5) Despite section 105, paragraph 121(1)(s) applies in respect of contraventions of regulations made under subsection (3) or (4).