Navigation Safety Regulations (SOR/2005-134)

Regulations are current to 2014-09-01 and last amended on 2011-09-30. Previous Versions

 Every ship of 500 tons or more that is engaged on a foreign voyage or a home-trade voyage, Class I or II, shall, unless it is fitted with echo-sounding equipment, be fitted with an efficient mechanical depth-sounding device operated by means of a lead and line.

Devices to Indicate Speed and Distance

 Every ship of 500 tons or more that was constructed on or after September 1, 1984 and is engaged on a foreign voyage, a home-trade voyage, Class I or II, or an inland voyage, Class I, and every ship required by section 31 to be fitted with an automatic radar plotting aid shall be fitted with a speed-and-distance measuring device to indicate speed and distance travelled through the water.

 Every Canadian ship of 50 000 tons or more that is engaged on a foreign voyage, a home-trade voyage, Class I or II, or an inland voyage, Class I, shall be fitted with a device capable of indicating the rate of speed over the ground in all circumstances, including at low speed and in shallow water.

Rate-of-Turn Indicators

 Every ship of 100 000 tons or more that was constructed on or after September 1, 1984 and is engaged on a foreign voyage or a home-trade voyage, Class I or II, shall be fitted with a rate-of-turn indicator.

Manoeuvring Indicators

  •  (1) Every ship of 1600 tons or more that was constructed before September 1, 1984, every ship of 500 tons or more that was constructed on or after September 1, 1984 and every Canadian ship of 200 tons or more that was constructed on or after September 1, 1984 shall be fitted with indicators that show the rudder angle, the rate of revolution of each propeller and, if fitted with variable-pitch propellers or lateral-thrust propellers, the pitch and operational mode of those propellers.

  • (2) Every Canadian ship of 100 tons or more but less than 1600 tons shall be fitted with an indicator that shows the angular position of the rudder.

  • (3) Every Canadian ship of 500 tons or more but less than 1600 tons shall be fitted with an indicator that shows the operational mode of the propelling machinery.

  • (4) The indicators shall be readable from the conning position.

Signalling Lamps

 Every ship of more than 150 tons that is engaged on an international voyage shall be fitted with a daylight signalling lamp capable of being operated independently of the ship’s main power supply.

PART 3EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS FOR SHIPS CONSTRUCTED ON OR AFTER JULY 1, 2002

Application

 This Part applies to ships constructed on or after July 1, 2002.

General Equipment Requirements

  •  (1) Every ship shall be fitted with a properly adjusted standard magnetic compass, or other means, independent of any power supply, that can be used to determine the ship’s heading and display it at the main steering position.

  • (2) A ship may be fitted with a properly adjusted steering magnetic compass instead of the standard magnetic compass if

    • (a) it is of less than 150 tons; or

    • (b) it is of less than 500 tons and is engaged on a voyage that is not

      • (i) an international voyage, or

      • (ii) a voyage beyond the limits of a home-trade voyage, Class III, or an inland voyage, Class II.

  • (3) A ship that is required to be fitted with a standard magnetic compass may instead be fitted with a gyro compass and a properly adjusted steering magnetic compass if

    • (a) it is of less than 150 tons and engaged on an international voyage; or

    • (b) it is of less than 500 tons and is not engaged on an international voyage.

  • (4) This section does not apply to

    • (a) a ship of eight metres or less in length that is navigated within sight of navigation marks; or

    • (b) a cable ferry.