Navigation Safety Regulations (SOR/2005-134)

Regulations are current to 2014-09-15 and last amended on 2011-09-30. Previous Versions

Automatic Identification Systems (AISs)

  •  (1) Every ship of 150 tons or more that is carrying more than 12 passengers and engaged on an international voyage shall be fitted with an automatic identification system (AIS).

  • (2) Every ship, other than a fishing vessel, of 300 tons or more that is engaged on an international voyage shall be fitted with an AIS.

  • (3) Every ship, other than a fishing vessel, of 500 tons or more that is not engaged on an international voyage shall be fitted with an AIS, but if it was constructed before July 1, 2002 it need not be so fitted until July 1, 2008.

  • (4) The AIS shall

    • (a) automatically provide information, including the ship’s identity, type, position, course, speed, navigational status and other safety-related information, to appropriately equipped shore stations, other ships and aircraft;

    • (b) automatically receive such information from similarly fitted ships;

    • (c) monitor and track ships; and

    • (d) exchange data with shore-based facilities.

  • (5) The AIS shall be operated taking into account the annex to IMO Resolution A.917(22), Guidelines for the Onboard Operational Use of Shipborne Automatic Identification Systems (AIS).

  • (6) Every ship fitted with an AIS shall maintain it in operation at all times.

  • (7) Subsections (4) and (6) do not apply

    • (a) where international agreements, rules or standards provide for the protection of navigational information; or

    • (b) in respect of ships, other than ships operated for a commercial purpose, owned or operated by Her Majesty in right of Canada or by a foreign government that is a party to the Safety Convention.

Vessels Navigating in Shipping Safety Control Zones

 A ship shall be fitted with two gyro-compasses, or other means, that can be used to determine and display its heading by shipborne non-magnetic means if

  • (a) it is of 1600 tons or more and navigating in shipping safety control zone 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 or 13;

  • (b) it is of 5000 tons or more and navigating in shipping safety control zone 4, 8, 9, 11 or 16; or

  • (c) it is of 50 000 tons or more and navigating in shipping safety control zone 10, 12, 14 or 15.

 Every ship navigating in a shipping safety control zone shall be fitted with

  • (a) one radar, or other means, that can be used to determine and display the range and bearing of other surface craft, obstructions, buoys, shorelines and navigational marks in order to assist in navigation and in collision avoidance, if the ship is of 100 tons or more; and

  • (b) two radars, or other means, that can be used to determine and display the range and bearing of other surface craft, obstructions, buoys, shorelines and navigational marks in order to assist in navigation and in collision avoidance, if the ship is of 1600 tons or more.

  •  (1) Every ship of 100 tons or more navigating in a shipping safety control zone shall be fitted with echo-sounding equipment, or other electronic means, that can be used to measure and display the available depth of water.

  • (2) Every ship of 1600 tons or more navigating in any of shipping safety control zones 1 to 13 shall be fitted with two sets of echo-sounding equipment, or other electronic means, that can be used to measure and display the available depth of water.