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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 IEquipment to Be Carried by Existing Ships (continued)

Class II Ships(Ships that are over five tons gross tonnage and are (i) Safety Convention ships that are certified to carry more than 12 passengers on short international voyages, or (ii) ships that are not Safety Convention ships and that are certified to carry more than 12 passengers on near coastal voyages, Class 1, limited to 120 nautical miles from shore) (continued)

[
  • SOR/96-218, s. 6
  • SOR/2023-257, s. 499
]

 Every Class II ship making near coastal voyages, Class 1, limited to 120 nautical miles from shore other than a Safety Convention ship, shall comply with the requirements of section 10, except that

  • (a) where accommodation for less than 300 persons is provided in life rafts, only one motor lifeboat need be carried, but where accommodation for 300 persons or more is provided in life rafts, a second motor lifeboat or mechanically propelled lifeboat shall be carried; and

  • (b) if the ship is less than 20 m in length and engaged on a voyage that does not go beyond the Gulf of St. Lawrence, it is not required to carry the survival craft VHF radiotelephone apparatus referred to in paragraph 10(j).

  • (c) to (e) [Repealed, SOR/96-218, s. 10]

 A Class II 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. 11
  • SOR/2004-26, s. 6

Class III Ships(Ships that are over five tons gross tonnage, are not Safety Convention ships and are certified to carry more than 12 passengers on near coastal voyages, Class 2, or inland voyages)

[
  • SOR/2023-257, s. 501
]

 A Class III ship shall carry

  • (a) where the ship is 18.3 m or under in length, the following survival craft:

    • (i) one Class 1 lifeboat of at least 1.59 m3 capacity with a means of launching, and

    • (ii) one or more life rafts of an aggregate capacity sufficient to accommodate the complement;

  • (b) where the ship is over 18.3 m but under 22.9 m in length, one Class 1 lifeboat that is under davits and is of at least 2.12 m3 capacity;

  • (c) where the ship is 22.9 m or over in length, on each side of the ship, one Class 1 lifeboat that is under davits and has the appropriate capacity for the length of the ship, in accordance with the table to this paragraph, except that the lifeboats need not be of a greater aggregate capacity than is sufficient to accommodate the complement:

    TABLE

    Column IColumn II
    ItemLength of ShipMinimum Capacity of Each Lifeboat (m3)
    122.9 m or over but under 30.5 m3.540
    230.5 m or over but under 45.7 m4.248
    345.7 m or over but under 61.0 m7.079
    461.0 m or over but under 91.4 m8.495
    591.4 m or over (near coastal voyage, Class 2)8.495
    691.4 m or over (inland voyage)14.158
  • (d) where the lifeboats referred to in paragraph (b) or (c) are insufficient to accommodate the complement, additional survival craft to make up the deficiency, consisting of one of the following or a combination of the two:

    • (i) equally distributed on both sides of the ship, Class 1 lifeboats, each under davits and of the appropriate capacity for the length of the ship, in accordance with the table to paragraph (c), or

    • (ii) life rafts or, if the embarkation station is 4.57 m or more above the waterline when the ship is in its lightest seagoing condition and the life rafts that are embarked at that station accommodate in total more than 50 persons, life rafts under launching devices that are capable of launching the life rafts within 30 minutes in calm conditions;

  • (e) where life rafts are carried pursuant to subparagraph (d)(ii), additional life rafts that

    • (i) have an aggregate capacity equal to 10 per cent of the capacity of the lifeboats carried, and

    • (ii) where the life rafts that are carried pursuant to subparagraph (d)(ii) are under launching devices, are capable of being launched by the launching devices;

  • (f) where the ship is within the length range set out in column I of an item of a table to this paragraph, the supply of equipment set out in columns II to IV of

    • (i) where the ship is engaged on a near coastal voyage, Class 2, that item in Table I, and

    • (ii) where the ship is engaged on an inland voyage, that item in Table II:

      TABLE I

      Near Coastal Voyages, Class 2

      Column IColumn IIColumn IIIColumn IV
      ItemLength of ShipLifebuoysSelf-igniting LightsBuoyant Lifelines
      118.3 m or under211
      2Over 18.3 m but under 30.5 m422
      330.5 m or over but under 61.0 m632
      461.0 m or over1052

      TABLE II

      Inland Voyages

      Column IColumn IIColumn IIIColumn IV
      ItemLength of ShipLifebuoysSelf-igniting LightsBuoyant Lifelines
      118.3 m or under422
      2Over 18.3 m but under 61.0 m632
      361.0 m or over1052
  • (g) the following supply of lifejackets:

    • (i) one for each member of the complement,

    • (ii) enough conspicuously stowed on deck for 5 per cent of the complement, and

    • (iii) enough that are suitable for children for at least 10 per cent of the complement or one for each child on board, whichever is greater;

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

  • (i) for each approved boat, the equipment set out in section 2 of Schedule II;

  • (j) where the ship is over 45.7 m in length, a line-throwing appliance;

  • (k) 12 pyrotechnic distress signals of which six are rocket parachute flares and six are rocket parachute flares or red hand flares;

  • (l) means of embarkation into survival craft; and

  • (m) if the ship is 20 m or over in length and engaged on a near coastal voyage, Class 2, three survival craft VHF radiotelephone apparatus stowed so that they are readily accessible for immediate use.

 A Class III 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/80-685, s. 9
  • SOR/96-218, s. 12
  • SOR/2004-26, s. 8

 Instead of complying with sections 14 and 15, a ship may comply with section 16 if it

  • (a) was a Class IV ship and an existing ship on the day before the day on which subsection 148(4) comes into force;

  • (b) engages only on inland voyages, Class II, or minor waters voyages, Class I, or both, as those voyages are defined in subsections 5(2) and 6(1) of the Home-Trade, Inland and Minor Waters Voyages Regulations; and

  • (c) does not change its area of operation or equipment.

Class IV Ships(Ships that are over five tons gross tonnage, are not Safety Convention ships and are certified to carry more than 12 passengers on inland voyages, limited to 25 nautical miles from shore, or near coastal voyages, Class 2, limited to five nautical miles from shore)

[
  • SOR/2023-257, s. 504
]
  •  (1) A Class IV ship shall carry

    • (a) subject to paragraph (b), at least one Class 1 lifeboat under davits and of the appropriate capacity for the length of the ship in accordance with the table to this paragraph, except that the lifeboats need not be of a greater aggregate capacity than is sufficient to accommodate the complement:

      TABLE

      Column IColumn II
      ItemLength of ShipMinimum Capacity of Each Lifeboat (m3)
      122.9 m or over but under 30.5 m3.540
      230.5 m or over but under 45.7 m4.248
      345.7 m or over but under 61.0 m7.079
      461.0 m or over8.495
    • (b) if the carriage of a lifeboat referred to in paragraph (a) is impracticable, an approved boat;

    • (c) enough life rafts to accommodate that part of the complement not accommodated in the lifeboat or emergency boat;

    • (d) where the embarkation station for life rafts is 4.57 m or more above the waterline when the ship is in its lightest seagoing condition and the life rafts that are embarked at that station accommodate in total more than 50 persons, launching devices that are capable of launching the life rafts within 30 minutes in calm conditions;

    • (e) where the ship is within the length range set out in column I of an item of the table to this paragraph, 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
      122.9 m or under211
      2Over 22.9 m but under 30.5 m422
      330.5 m or over but under 61.0 m632
      461.0 m or over842
    • (f) the following supply of lifejackets:

      • (i) one for each member of the complement, and

      • (ii) enough that are suitable for children for at least 10 per cent of the complement or one for each child on board, whichever is greater;

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

    • (h) for each approved boat, the equipment set out in section 2 of Schedule II;

    • (i) 12 pyrotechnic distress signals of which six are rocket parachute flares; and

    • (j) means of embarkation into survival craft.

  • (2) A Class IV 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.

 Instead of complying with section 16, a ship may comply with section 17 if it

  • (a) was a Class V ship and an existing ship on the day before the day on which subsection 148(4) comes into force;

  • (b) engages only on home-trade voyages, Class IV, or minor waters voyages, Class II, or both, as those voyages are defined in subsections 4(4) and 6(2) of the Home-Trade, Inland and Minor Waters Voyages Regulations; and

  • (c) does not change its area of operation or equipment.

 

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