Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations (SOR/2007-128)

Regulations are current to 2017-09-14 and last amended on 2017-02-03. Previous Versions

Closed Vehicle Decks

  •  (1) Every passenger shall keep off a closed vehicle deck on a vessel that is under way unless the passenger

    • (a) has received the express consent of the vessel’s master to enter the deck, if there are no packaged goods on the deck; or

    • (b) is accompanied by a crew member, if there are packaged goods on the deck.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply when passengers are directed to return to their vehicles before the vessel docks.

Report of Accident or Incident

 If a vessel or person is in serious and imminent danger by reason of an accident or incident that occurs during the loading, carriage or unloading of dangerous goods, the vessel’s master shall immediately report the accident or incident to the Department of Transport Marine Safety Office nearest to the accident or incident by the quickest means available.

General Precautions on Vessels

  •  (1) The master of a vessel shall ensure that packaged goods are safeguarded and handled carefully while they are being loaded onto, carried by and unloaded from the vessel.

  • (2) If packaged goods are to be loaded onto or unloaded from a vessel, its master shall ensure that an officer of the vessel or a person designated by its authorized representative is present while the goods are loaded or unloaded and while the holds of the vessel are open.

  • (3) Before commencing any voyage, the master of a tug who takes charge of an unoccupied barge carrying packaged goods shall ensure, to the extent that it is feasible, that the goods are carried in accordance with the IMDG Code.

  • (4) Subject to section 151, every person who is on or in the vicinity of a vessel carrying packaged goods or who is on board when packaged goods are being loaded or unloaded shall take the measures specified in the general precautions and the general provisions in the IMDG Code in respect of the activities in which they are engaged.

Explosives, Ammonium Nitrate and Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertilizer

Loading and Unloading Explosives

  •  (1) At least 24 hours before 25 kg or more, net explosives quantity, of packaged goods that are explosives, other than explosives included in Class 1.4S, are loaded onto or unloaded from a vessel, its master shall notify the following of the intention to load or unload and the location where it will take place:

    • (a) the Department of Transport Marine Safety Office nearest to that location; and

    • (b) if the loading or unloading is to take place at a port, the harbour master at the port or, if there is no harbour master, the person responsible for the port.

  • (2) No person shall load onto or unload from a vessel 25 kg or more, net explosives quantity, of packaged goods that are explosives, other than explosives included in Class 1.4S, unless

    • (a) not more than 20 000 kg, net explosives quantity, are loaded or unloaded by driving a single vehicle that is being operated under an Explosives Transportation Permit issued under section 52 of the Explosives Regulations directly aboard a ro-ro cargo vessel immediately before departing or ashore immediately after arrival on a last-on, first-off basis, and the conditions set out in section 65 of those Regulations are met; or

    • (b) an inspector within the meaning of section 2 of the Explosives Regulations has inspected the wharf or port facility where the explosives are to be loaded or unloaded and has determined that the wharf or facility meets, for the quantity of explosives, the Quantity Distance Principles that are applied in respect of the issuance of a licence under section 7 of the Explosives Act and set out in the Quantity Distance Principles User Manual, published by the Department of Natural Resources.

  • (3) If explosives are loaded or unloaded under paragraph (2)(a), the maximum waiting time of the vehicle dockside shall not exceed 30 minutes and during that time the vehicle shall be parked as far as possible from all areas used by the general public or for the handling or storage of other cargo.

Loading and Unloading Ammonium Nitrate or Ammonium Nitrate Based Fertilizer

  •  (1) No person shall load or unload more than 10 000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate or ammonium nitrate based fertilizer.

  • (2) At least 24 hours before 150 tonnes or more of ammonium nitrate or ammonium nitrate based fertilizer are loaded onto or unloaded from a vessel, its master shall notify the following of the intention to load or unload and the location where it will take place:

    • (a) the Department of Transport Marine Safety Office nearest to that location; and

    • (b) if the loading or unloading is to take place at a port, the harbour master at the port or, if there is no harbour master, the person responsible for the port.

  • (3) The harbour master at the port or, if there is no harbour master, the person responsible for the port at the location where loading or unloading ammonium nitrate or ammonium nitrate based fertilizer will take place shall ensure that information in respect of fire prevention, emergency procedures, storage, cleanliness and separation from contaminants and other dangerous goods is available at the location.

Fire Protection

  •  (1) The authorized representative of a vessel that is carrying, elsewhere than in a cargo transport unit, explosives, ammonium nitrate or ammonium nitrate based fertilizer in respect of which notification is required under subsection 155(1) or 156(2) shall ensure that the vessel is equipped with

    • (a) a power-operated fire pump whose source of power and sea connections are located outside the machinery space; and

    • (b) a self-contained set of breathing apparatus and, if there are more than three crew members, another set of breathing apparatus.

  • (2) If the machinery spaces in a vessel referred to in subsection (1) do not have a watch kept at all times while the machinery is operating, they shall be equipped with a fire detection system.

  • (3) If the vessel is of less than 500 gross tonnage and does not have a means to separate goods from heat sources as required by the IMDG Code, its master may, after notifying the Department of Transport Marine Safety Office nearest to the vessel, separate any goods from heat sources by

    • (a) a watertight steel bulkhead that consists of “A” class divisions within the meaning of subsections 1(2) and (3) of the Vessel Fire Safety Regulations;

    • (b) both

      • (i) a watertight steel bulkhead, and

      • (ii) a temporary bulkhead that is constructed to a standard that is at least equivalent to that for a bulkhead of a Type A magazine specified in the introduction of Class 1-Explosives in the IMDG Code, sheathed with fire-retardant material on the side closest to the machinery or accommodation space and positioned not more than 0.61 m from the steel bulkhead; or

    • (c) a distance of at least 3 m maintained between the goods and the heat source if the heat source is in a machinery or accommodation space and the goods are not within 3 m of any other goods other than goods that are not dangerous goods and that are compatible.

  • (4) If the vessel cannot, by reason of its design, disconnect the electrical circuits in a cargo space by positive means at a point external to the space, the fuses in the space shall be removed or the switches or circuit breakers in the space opened at the main panel.

  • SOR/2017-14, s. 413.

Stowing

 If explosives, other than those that have toxic or lachrymatory properties, of different compatibility groups cannot be segregated by the methods specified in the IMDG Code and a vessel’s authorized representative or master has so informed the Department of Transport Marine Safety Office nearest to the vessel, they may be stowed by

  • (a) placing them in a steel container that

    • (i) is in new or like-new condition, and

    • (ii) if they are explosive substances set out in the IMDG Code, is sheathed on all interior metal surfaces except the roof with wood or plywood that is 19 mm thick and, if the container has a wooden floor, is sheathed on the floor with masonite panels, or another material that is at least as smooth and hard as masonite, at least 6 mm thick;

  • (b) taping all joints in the interior sheathing or sealing them using waterproof materials to prevent leaking or sifting;

  • (c) securing the container against all movements of the vessel likely to be encountered on the voyage;

  • (d) if the container is carried on deck, stowing it so that access to its door is maintained at all times;

  • (e) except in the case of vessels carrying explosives exclusively, maintaining an intervening space of at least 6 m between the container and other containers of incompatible goods and between the containers and incompatible goods that are not in containers; and

  • (f) if the container is stowed in a cargo hold that does not have a means of detecting fire,

    • (i) fitting a system of sniffing-pipes in or adjacent to the spaces containing the explosives,

    • (ii) regularly monitoring the air in those spaces, and

    • (iii) entering the times and results of the monitoring in the deck log book.

 
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