Load Line Regulations (SOR/2007-99)

Regulations are current to 2016-11-21 and last amended on 2013-12-06. Previous Versions

Application

  •  (1) Subject to subsections (2) and (3), this Part applies in respect of Canadian vessels and foreign vessels that are engaged on a voyage solely within the limits of the inland waters of Canada and Canadian vessels that are engaged on an inland voyage.

  • (2) This Part does not apply in respect of

    • (a) pleasure craft;

    • (b) vessels ordinarily engaged in catching, attempting to catch or harvesting fish, whales, seals, walrus or other living resources of the sea;

    • (c) high-speed craft that have been certified in accordance with the HSC Code and meet the requirements of that Code;

    • (d) [Repealed, SOR/2013-235, s. 17]

    • (e) existing vessels of less than 150 gross tonnage;

    • (f) vessels that hold an International Load Line Certificate, a Local Load Line Certificate or an International Load Line Exemption Certificate;

    • (g) vessels that are engaged on

      • (i) a sheltered waters voyage, or

      • (ii) a domestic voyage, if the vessels are not carrying passengers or cargo;

    • (h) new vessels that do not have means of self-propulsion, are engaged on a domestic voyage and are not carrying passengers, crew or oil as cargo; or

    • (i) existing vessels that do not have means of self-propulsion, are engaged on a domestic voyage and are not carrying passengers or crew.

  • (3) Section 17 does not apply in respect of vessels that hold a load line certificate issued under Title 46, chapter I, part 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations of the United States, as amended from time to time.

  • SOR/2013-235, s. 17.

Prohibitions

 No vessel shall depart from a place in Canada and no Canadian vessel shall depart from a place outside Canada unless it

  • (a) holds

    • (i) a Great Lakes and Inland Waters of Canada Load Line Certificate issued under section 17, or

    • (ii) a load line certificate issued under Title 46, chapter I, part 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations of the United States, as amended from time to time; and

  • (b) is marked in accordance with the certificate.

  • SOR/2013-235, s. 18(F).

Certificates

  •  (1) On application by the authorized representative of a new vessel, the Minister shall issue a Great Lakes and Inland Waters of Canada Load Line Certificate to the vessel if

    • (a) the conditions of assignment set out in Schedule 1 are met;

    • (b) the vessel is maintained in accordance with the requirements of a classification society;

    • (c) the vessel has been assigned freeboards that

      • (i) are determined in accordance with Schedule 2, or

      • (ii) if the freeboards determined under subparagraph (i) are not adequate because of the general structural strength of the vessel, are adequate for the general structural strength of the vessel; and

    • (d) the vessel is marked in accordance with Schedule 3.

  • (2) On application by the authorized representative of an existing vessel, the Minister shall issue a Great Lakes and Inland Waters of Canada Load Line Certificate to the vessel if

    • (a) the conditions of assignment set out in Part I of Schedule I to the Rules are met;

    • (b) the vessel is maintained in accordance with the requirements of a classification society;

    • (c) the vessel has been assigned freeboards determined in accordance with Part II, III or IV of Schedule I to the Rules; and

    • (d) the vessel is marked in accordance with Part V of Schedule I to the Rules.

  • (3) Despite paragraphs (1)(d) and (2)(d), the Minister may issue a certificate if

    • (a) the marking on the vessel is placed so that the freeboard is greater than that required by paragraph (1)(d) or (2)(d), as the case may be; or

    • (b) in the case of a passenger vessel, it is marked in accordance with subsection 37(2) of the Hull Construction Regulations.

  • SOR/2013-235, s. 19(F).

Authorized Representative’s Duties

 The authorized representative of a vessel that holds a Great Lakes and Inland Waters of Canada Load Line Certificate shall ensure that

  • (a) the conditions of assignment set out in Part I of Schedule I to the Rules or in Schedule 1, as the case may be, are met;

  • (b) the vessel is maintained in accordance with the requirements of a classification society;

  • (c) the vessel is marked as it was required to be marked for the issuance of the certificate or as it may be marked under subsection 17(3);

  • (d) no material alterations take place in the hull or superstructure of the vessel that would necessitate the assignment of an increased freeboard; and

  • (e) within three months of each anniversary date of its issuance, the certificate is endorsed by the Minister as meeting the requirements set out in paragraphs (a) to (d).

  • SOR/2013-235, s. 20(F).

Seasonal Periods

 The following seasonal periods apply for the purpose of determining the applicable load line when a vessel is on the inland waters of Canada:

  • (a) the midsummer season is the period beginning on May 1 and ending on September 15;

  • (b) the summer seasons are the periods beginning on April 16 and ending on April 30 and beginning on September 16 and ending on September 30;

  • (c) the intermediate seasons are the periods beginning on April 1 and ending on April 15 and beginning on October 1 and ending on October 31; and

  • (d) the winter season is the period beginning on November 1 in one year and ending on March 31 in the next year.

Posting of Certificates

 The authorized representative of a vessel that holds a Great Lakes and Inland Waters of Canada Load Line Certificate shall ensure that the certificate is framed and posted in a conspicuous place on board the vessel.

  • SOR/2013-235, s. 21(F).

PART 3Repeals and Coming into Force

Repeals

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Coming into Force

Footnote * These Regulations come into force on the day on which section 2 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, chapter 26 of the Statutes of Canada, 2001, comes into force.

 
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