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Life Saving Equipment Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1436)

Regulations are current to 2024-02-06 and last amended on 2023-12-20. Previous Versions

PART IIEquipment to Be Carried by New Ships (continued)

Class VII Ships(Ships that are over five tons gross tonnage, are certified to carry passengers, are not self-propelled and are towed or pushed by a ship or operated by a cable) (continued)

 A Class VII ship shall be provided with signs that indicate

  • (a) the location of

    • (i) survival craft and their launching devices,

    • (i.1) lifejackets and lifejackets suitable for children,

    • (ii) muster stations, and

    • (iii) embarkation stations; and

  • (b) directions to the muster and embarkation stations.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34
  • SOR/2004-26, s. 25

Class VIII Ships [Reserved]

[
  • SOR/96-218, s. 34
]

Class IX Ships(Ships that are over 15 tons gross tonnage and are (i) Safety Convention ships that are not certified to carry passengers, or that are certified to carry 12 or fewer passengers, on unlimited voyages, or (ii) ships that are not Safety Convention ships and that are not certified to carry passengers, or that are certified to carry 12 or fewer passengers, on unlimited voyages or near coastal voyages, Class 1)

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  • SOR/2023-257, s. 466
]
  •  (1) Subject to sections 82, 83 and 85, a Class IX ship shall carry, on each side of the ship, enough totally enclosed lifeboats under gravity-type davits to accommodate the complement.

  • (2) In addition to meeting the requirements of subsection (1), a Class IX ship shall carry on each side of the ship, enough life rafts to accommodate

    • (a) the complement, if the life rafts are stowed in a location providing for easy side-to-side transfer at a single open-deck level; or

    • (b) 150 per cent of the complement, if the life rafts are not stowed in accordance with paragraph (a).

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34

 A Class IX ship that has free-fall launching devices may carry, instead of the lifeboats referred to in subsection 81(1), enough totally enclosed lifeboats capable of being free-fall launched over the stern of the ship to accommodate the complement.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), a Class IX ship that is 85 m or under in length, other than a tanker, may carry on each side of the ship, instead of the survival craft referred to in section 81, enough life rafts to accommodate

    • (a) the complement, if the life rafts are stowed in a location providing for easy side-to-side transfer at a single open-deck level; or

    • (b) 150 per cent of the complement, if the life rafts are not stowed in accordance with paragraph (a).

  • (2) The number of life rafts necessary to fulfil the requirements of subsection (1) shall be calculated in such a way that, taking into account the percentage of the complement that could be accommodated in each, should any one life raft be lost or rendered unserviceable, enough life rafts remain on each side of the ship to accommodate the complement.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34

 Where the Class IX ship referred to in subsection 81(1) or section 82 is a tanker, the lifeboats shall be fire-protected and shall have a self-contained air support system.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34

 A Class IX ship that is not a tanker and is a Safety Convention ship engaged on a sheltered waters voyage, may carry partially enclosed lifeboats instead of totally enclosed lifeboats.

 Where the survival craft in a Class IX ship are stowed more than 100 m from the stem or stern, the ship shall carry an additional life raft stowed as far forward or as far aft as is practicable, as the case may be.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34

 A Class IX ship shall carry at least one rescue boat under launching devices, unless one of the ship’s lifeboats meets the requirements for a rescue boat.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34

 Every life raft on a Class IX ship, other than a life raft referred to in section 86, shall be stowed

  • (a) with its painter permanently attached to the ship;

  • (b) fitted with a float-free device; and

  • (c) if it is inflatable, so that it inflates automatically if the ship sinks.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34

 A Class IX ship within the length range set out in column I of an item of the table to this section shall carry the supply of equipment set out in columns II to V of that item.

TABLE

Column IColumn IIColumn IIIColumn IVColumn V
ItemLength of ShipLifebuoysSelf-igniting LightsSelf-activating Smoke SignalsBuoyant Lifelines
1Under 100 m 8422
2100 m or over but under 150 m10522
3150 m or over but under 200 m12622
4200 m or over14722
  • SOR/96-218, s. 34

 A Class IX ship shall carry

  • (a) one lifejacket, fitted with a whistle and a personal locator light, for each member of the complement; and

  • (b) the following supply of lifejackets, each fitted with a whistle and a personal locator light:

    • (i) enough that are suitable for children, for all of the children on board,

    • (ii) enough for all of the persons on watch, of which at least two are stowed in the wheelhouse and two in the engine room, and

    • (iii) enough at locations that are remote from embarkation stations for all of the persons likely to be there.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34

 A Class IX ship shall carry

  • (a) the following number of survival craft VHF radiotelephone apparatus stowed so that they are readily accessible for immediate use:

    • (i) two, if the ship is 300 tons or over but under 500 tons gross tonnage, and

    • (ii) three, if the ship is 500 tons gross tonnage or over;

  • (b) for each life raft, a SOLAS A pack as set out in the LSA Code;

  • (c) [Repealed, SOR/2023-257, s. 467]

  • (d) [Repealed, SOR/2023-257, s. 467]

  • (e) a line-throwing appliance;

  • (f) 12 rocket parachute flares;

  • (g) one immersion suit, fitted with a whistle and a personal locator light, for each member of the complement; and

  • (h) means of embarkation into survival craft.

  •  (1) A Class IX ship shall carry the following SARTs:

    • (a) if the ship is 20 m or over in length but under 500 tons gross tonnage, one SART stowed so that it is readily accessible for immediate use and for placing in one of the survival craft that are launched first; and

    • (b) if the ship is 500 tons gross tonnage or over, two SARTs stowed so that they are readily accessible for immediate use and for placing in the two survival craft that are launched first.

  • (2) Despite subsection (1), a ship that is under 300 tons gross tonnage and that on March 31, 2001 was required by these Regulations to carry two Class II EPIRBs may continue to carry them instead of a SART until one of the batteries of the Class II EPIRBs needs to be replaced.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34
  • SOR/2000-261, s. 19

 A Class IX ship shall be provided with signs that indicate

  • (a) the location of

    • (i) survival craft and their launching devices, and

    • (ii) embarkation stations; and

  • (b) directions to the embarkation stations.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34

Class X Ships(Ships that are over 15 tons gross tonnage, are not Safety Convention ships and are not certified to carry passengers, or are certified to carry 12 or fewer passengers, on near coastal voyages, Class 1, limited to 120 nautical miles from shore, near coastal voyages, Class 2, sheltered waters voyages, inland voyages, inland voyages, limited to 25 nautical miles from shore, or near coastal voyages, Class 2, limited to five nautical miles from shore)

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  • SOR/2023-257, s. 468
]

 A Class X ship that is not a tanker shall carry, on each side of the ship, enough life rafts to accommodate the complement.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34
  •  (1) A Class X ship that is 85 m or under in length and is not a tanker shall carry

    • (a) if the ship is engaged on a near coastal voyage, Class 1, limited to 120 nautical miles from shore, or an inland voyage, one rescue boat under a launching device; and

    • (b) in any other case, one emergency boat under a launching device.

  • (2) A Class X ship that is over 85 m in length and is not a tanker shall carry

    • (a) if the ship is engaged on a near coastal voyage, Class 1, limited to 120 nautical miles from shore, one rescue boat under a launching device on each side of the ship;

    • (b) if the ship is engaged on a near coastal voyage, Class 2, or an inland voyage, one rescue boat under a launching device; and

    • (c) if the ship is engaged on any other voyage, one emergency boat under a launching device.

  •  (1) Subject to section 97, a Class X ship that is a tanker shall carry, on each side of the ship, enough totally enclosed lifeboats under launching devices to accommodate the complement.

  • (2) The lifeboats referred to in subsection (1) shall be fire-protected and have a self-contained air support system, unless the ship is engaged

    • (a) on a sheltered waters voyage; or

    • (b) solely in the carriage of bunker oils and marine diesel oils, the flashpoint of which exceeds 60°C, as determined in a closed-cup test.

    • (c) [Repealed, SOR/2023-257, s. 470]

  • (3) In addition to meeting the requirements of subsection (1), a Class X ship that is a tanker shall carry, on each side of the ship, enough life rafts to accommodate

    • (a) the complement, if the life rafts are stowed in a location providing for easy side-to-side transfer at a single open-deck level; or

    • (b) 150 per cent of the complement, if the life rafts are not stowed in accordance with paragraph (a).

  •  (1) A Class X ship that is a tanker and has free-fall launching devices may carry, instead of the lifeboats required by subsection 96(1), enough totally enclosed lifeboats, capable of being free-fall launched over the stern of the ship, to accommodate the complement.

  • (2) The lifeboats referred to in subsection (1) shall be fire-protected and shall have a self-contained air support system unless the ship is engaged

    • (a) on a sheltered waters voyage; or

    • (b) solely in the carriage of bunker oils and marine diesel oils, the flashpoint of which exceeds 60°C, as determined in a closed-cup test.

    • (c) [Repealed, SOR/2023-257, s. 471]

 Lifeboats carried on a Class X ship that is not a tanker shall be

  • (a) where the ship is engaged on a near coastal voyage, Class 1, limited to 120 nautical miles from shore, totally enclosed;

  • (b) where the ship is engaged on a near coastal voyage, Class 2, or an inland voyage, partially enclosed self-righting or totally enclosed; and

  • (c) where the ship is engaged on an inland voyage, limited to 25 nautical miles from shore, or a near coastal voyage, Class 2, limited to five nautical miles from shore, partially or totally enclosed.

  •  (1) A Class X ship that is over 100 m in length and carries its survival craft aft shall carry enough life rafts stowed in the forward part of the ship to accommodate all of the persons who are berthed there.

  • (2) Where the survival craft in a Class X ship are stowed more than 100 m from the stem or stern, the ship shall carry a life raft stowed as far forward or as far aft as is practicable, as the case may be.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34

 A Class X ship within the length range set out in column I of an item of the table to this section shall carry the supply of equipment set out in columns II to IV of that item.

TABLE

Column IColumn IIColumn IIIColumn IV
ItemLength of ShipLifebuoysSelf-igniting LightsBuoyant Lifelines
1Under 50 m422
250 m or over633
  • SOR/96-218, s. 34
 

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