Load Line Regulations (SOR/2007-99)

Regulations are current to 2014-09-29 and last amended on 2013-12-06. Previous Versions

Adjustments to Load Lines

  •  (1) When a vessel is in fresh water of a specific gravity of 1.0, the applicable load line is adjusted by the fresh water allowance that is specified in the vessel’s load line certificate and determined in accordance with the 1966 Convention, the Convention or the Rules, as the case may be. However, if the vessel is in water of a specific gravity that is greater than 1.0 but less than 1.025, the applicable load line is adjusted by the following formula:

    [(1.025 – A)/0.025] × B

    where

    A 
    equals the actual specific gravity; and
    B 
    equals the fresh water allowance.
  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of

    • (a) a new vessel that is in the North American Great Lakes Zone; or

    • (b) an existing vessel that is in the North American Great Lakes Zone during the period starting on September 16 in any year and ending on April 30 in the next year.

  • (3) When a vessel departs from a place situated on a river or on inland waters to the sea, the applicable load line is raised to a level that accounts for the weight of fuel and all other materials required for consumption between the point of departure and the sea.

  • (4) Subsection (3) does not apply in respect of a vessel that

    • (a) is in the North American Great Lakes Zone; or

    • (b) is in the St. Lawrence River Seasonal Area, if the vessel is engaged on a voyage wholly within the limits of the North American Great Lakes Zone and the St. Lawrence River Seasonal Area.

Dredging Load Lines

 The dredging load line on an open-hopper dredge is the applicable load line when

  • (a) the dredge is operating not more than 20 nautical miles from the mouth of a harbour of safe refuge;

  • (b) the height of waves in the area of operation is not more than 3 m or the wind velocity in the area is not more than 65 km/h; and

  • (c) the dredge is carrying dredged material with a specific gravity that is not greater than the highest specific gravity of dredged material that the dredge is designed to dredge.

Timber Load Lines

 The provisions of the 1966 Convention and the Convention relating to timber load lines do not apply in respect of any vessel that is in the North American Great Lakes Zone or that is engaged on a voyage wholly within the limits of the North American Great Lakes Zone and the St. Lawrence River Seasonal Area.

Posting of Certificates

 The authorized representative of a Canadian vessel that holds an International Load Line Certificate, a Local Load Line Certificate or an International Load Line Exemption Certificate shall ensure that it is framed and posted in a conspicuous place on board the vessel.

Draught and Freeboard Notices

 The master of a Canadian vessel that holds an International Load Line Certificate, a Local Load Line Certificate or an International Load Line Exemption Certificate shall, before leaving a place to proceed on an international voyage, post the particulars of the draughts and freeboards in a conspicuous place on board the vessel and keep them legible until the vessel arrives at another place.