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

Assented to 2001-11-01

Marginal note:Interference with service

 No person shall wilfully interfere with the service of a notice of a detention order.

Marginal note:Direction to move a detained vessel

 The Minister may

  • (a) on application made by the authorized representative of a detained vessel in the form and manner specified by the Minister, permit the master to move it in accordance with the directions of the Minister;

  • (b) on application made by the owner of a dock or wharf or by the person in charge of a harbour at which a detained vessel is situated in the form and manner specified by the Minister, direct the person who is, or appears to be, in charge of the vessel to move the vessel in accordance with the directions of the Minister; and

  • (c) if a person to whom a direction is given under paragraph (b) does not comply with it and the Minister is satisfied that the applicant for the direction has sufficient insurance in place to cover any incident that may arise from the moving of the vessel, authorize the applicant to move the vessel in accordance with the Minister’s directions and at the expense of the authorized representative.

Sale of Vessels

Marginal note:Distress on vessel for sums ordered to be paid

 A court, justice of the peace or provincial court judge that orders the authorized representative of a vessel to pay any fine, crew member’s wages or other sum of money may, if payment is not made in accordance with the order, order the seizure and sale of the vessel or its machinery or equipment.

Marginal note:Abandoned vessels
  •  (1) The Minister may sell a vessel that is deemed abandoned under the regulations and may, by bill of sale, give the purchaser a valid title to it free from any mortgage or other claim on the vessel that exists at the time of the sale.

  • Marginal note:Vessel may be seized and sold if fine or penalty not paid

    (2) At any time after a fine is imposed under a relevant provision against, or a certificate registered under subsection 235(2) (registration in Federal Court) in respect of, a vessel or its authorized representative, the Minister may, while the fine or debt remains unpaid, seize the vessel and, after giving notice to the authorized representative, sell it and, by bill of sale, give the purchaser a valid title to the vessel free from any mortgage or other claim on the vessel that exists at the time of the sale.

  • Marginal note:Proceeds of sale

    (3) Any surplus remaining from the proceeds of a sale is to be distributed in accordance with the regulations after satisfying the following claims in the following order:

    • (a) the cost of the seizure and sale;

    • (b) any claim for salvage in respect of the vessel;

    • (c) the claims of masters and crew members for wages;

    • (c.1) the claims of masters for disbursements made or liabilities incurred for necessaries on account of the vessel;

    • (d) the amount of any fine imposed or debt due under a relevant provision; and

    • (e) the cost of returning masters and crew members to the place where they first came on board or to another place to which they and the Minister have agreed.

  • Marginal note:If proceeds insufficient

    (4) If the proceeds of sale of a vessel are insufficient to satisfy the claims described in subsection (3), the Minister may proceed for the balance owing against

    • (a) the authorized representative, in the case of a Canadian vessel; and

    • (b) the owner, in the case of a foreign vessel.