Charts and Nautical Publications Regulations, 1995 (SOR/95-149)

Regulations are current to 2016-06-21 and last amended on 2007-07-01. Previous Versions

Use of Documents and Publications

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (3), the person in charge of the navigation of a ship in waters under Canadian jurisdiction shall use, in respect of each area to be navigated by the ship, the most recent edition of

    • (a) the reference catalogue;

    • (b) the annual edition of the Notices to Mariners, published by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans;

    • (c) the following publications, namely,

      • (i) sailing directions, published by the Canadian Hydrographic Service,

      • (ii) tide and current tables, published by the Canadian Hydrographic Service,

      • (iii) lists of lights, buoys and fog signals, published by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and

      • (iv) where the ship is required to be fitted with radio equipment pursuant to any Act of Parliament or of a foreign jurisdiction, the Radio Aids to Marine Navigation, published by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans; and

    • (d) the documents and publications listed in the schedule.

  • (2) Subject to subsection (3), the person in charge of the navigation of a Canadian ship in waters outside Canadian jurisdiction shall use, in respect of each area to be navigated by the ship, the most recent edition of

    • (a) the reference catalogue;

    • (b) the annual edition of the Notices to Mariners, published by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans;

    • (c) the following publications referred to in the reference catalogue, namely,

      • (i) sailing directions,

      • (ii) tide and current tables,

      • (iii) lists of lights, and

      • (iv) where the ship is required to be fitted with radio equipment pursuant to an Act of Parliament, the list of radio aids to navigation; and

    • (d) the documents and publications listed in the schedule.

  • (3) The publications referred to in paragraphs (1)(c) and (2)(c) may be replaced by similar publications issued officially by or on the authority of an authorized hydrographic office or other relevant government institution of a country other than Canada, if the information contained in them that is necessary for the safe navigation of a ship in the area in which the ship is to be navigated is as complete, accurate, intelligible and up-to-date as the information contained in the publications referred to in those paragraphs.

  • SOR/95-536, s. 2(E);
  • SOR/2002-424, s. 4;
  • SOR/2005-135, s. 4.

Maintenance of Charts, Documents and Publications

 The master of a ship shall ensure that the charts, documents and publications required by these Regulations are, before being used for navigation, correct and up-to-date, based on information that is contained in the Notices to Mariners, Notices to Shipping or radio navigational warnings.

ECDIS and Back-up Arrangements

 The owner of every ship on which an ECDIS is fitted shall ensure that sections 9 to 13 are complied with.

  • SOR/2005-135, s. 5.

ECDIS

 Every ECDIS shall meet the performance standards set out in the annex to IMO Resolution A.817(19), Performance Standards for Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) or other performance standards that the Minister determines provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or higher than that of those standards.

  • SOR/2005-135, s. 5.

Back-up Arrangements for an ECDIS

  •  (1) The back-up arrangement for an ECDIS shall

    • (a) consist of a separate and independent system that meets the performance standards in respect of back-up arrangements set out in the annex to IMO Resolution A.817(19), Performance Standards for Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS), or other performance standards that the Minister determines provide a level of safety that is equivalent to or higher than that of those standards;

    • (b) if the ship makes only inland voyages or minor waters voyages, consist of a separate and independent system that meets the standards for an electronic chart system intended for a Class l vessel set out in RTCM Recommended Standards for Electronic Chart Systems (ECS), version 3.0, published by the Radio Technical Commission For Maritime Services;

    • (c) until May 1, 2006, if the ship makes only inland voyages or minor waters voyages, consist of a precise navigation system that is recognized by the Canadian Coast Guard before July 1, 2002 as meeting the interim standard for precise navigation systems that is set out in the Canadian Coast Guard’s Standard for ECDIS and DGPS; or

    • (d) consist of paper charts that meet the requirements of subsections 5(1) and (2) if

      • (i) navigational conditions are such that the use of the paper charts will enable a safe takeover of the ECDIS function,

      • (ii) failure of the ECDIS will not result in a critical situation, and

      • (iii) the ship’s voyage has been planned and the position is being plotted on the paper charts at intervals that will allow a safe and immediate takeover in the event of an ECDIS failure.

  • (2) The back-up arrangements referred to in paragraphs (1)(a) to (c) shall

    • (a) be connected to a separate and independent position-fixing system that provides continuous position information and meets the requirements of the Navigation Safety Regulations;

    • (b) be connected to the ship’s main and emergency sources of electrical power;

    • (c) be provided with an emergency source of electrical power providing uninterrupted transitional power for a period of not less than 30 minutes;

    • (d) have the chart database and voyage plan loaded before commencement of the voyage;

    • (e) operate simultaneously with the ECDIS when the ship is operating in confined waters; and

    • (f) in the case of failure of the ECDIS or when operating as required by paragraph (e), display the charts described in subsection 5(1) and

      • (i) in waters for which an ENC is available, be operated using the ENC, or

      • (ii) in waters for which an ENC is not available, be operated using an RNC.

  • SOR/2005-135, s. 5.

Type-Approval

  •  (1) The ECDIS and a back-up arrangement referred to in paragraph 10(1)(a) or (b) that are fitted on a ship shall be type-approved by a competent authority as meeting the standards referred to in section 9 or paragraph 10(1)(a) or (b), as the case may be.

  • (2) The type-approval of the ECDIS and the back-up arrangement referred to in paragraph 10(1)(a) shall be in accordance with testing standard IEC 61174 of the International Electrotechnical Commission, entitled Maritime navigation and radiocommunication equipment and systems – Electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) – Operational and performance requirements, methods of testing and required test results or another testing standard that the Minister determines provides a level of safety that is equivalent to or higher than that of that standard.

  • (3) Proof of the type-approval shall be carried on board the ship and be in the form of either of the following that is issued by the competent authority:

    • (a) a label that is securely affixed to the ECDIS or the back-up arrangement, as the case may be, in a readily visible location; or

    • (b) a document that is kept in a readily accessible location on the ship.

  • (4) If the proof is issued in a language other than English or French, it shall be accompanied by an English or French translation.

  • SOR/2005-135, s. 5.

Electrical Installation Standards

 The ECDIS and the back-up arrangements referred to in paragraphs 10(1)(a) to (c) shall meet the applicable electrical installation standards in sections 3.10, 3.12, 3.14, 4.1, 4.3, 4.4, 15.6, 15.7, 15.11.2, 15.11.3, 52.1 to 52.4, 54.2 to 54.4 and 58.1 to 58.3 of Ship Electrical Standards, TP 127, published by the Department of Transport.

  • SOR/2005-135, s. 5.

Quality Control

 The ECDIS and a back-up arrangement referred to in paragraph 10(1)(a) or (b) that are fitted on a ship on or after July 1, 2002

  • (a) ) shall have been manufactured by a manufacturer that has a quality control system in place audited by a competent authority to ensure continuous compliance with the type-approval conditions; or

  • (b) before being fitted on the ship, shall have been certified as being in accordance with the type-approval by a competent authority that has used final product verification procedures.

  • SOR/2005-135, s. 5.
 
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