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Collision Regulations

Version of section 2 from 2006-03-22 to 2008-09-04:

  •  (1) In these Regulations,


    Act means the Canada Shipping Act; (Loi)

    adopted by the Organization

    adopted by the Organization[Repealed, SOR/83-202, s. 1]

    air cushion vessel

    air cushion vessel means a machine designed to derive support in the atmosphere primarily from reactions against the earth’s surface of air expelled from the machine; (navire à coussin d’air)


    Annex means an Annex to Schedule I; (appendice)

    approved signal

    approved signal means a distress signal recognized internationally by organizations concerned with radiocommunications and maritime safety; (signal approuvé)


    barge means a non-self-propelled barge, scow, dredge, pile-driver, hopper, pontoon or houseboat; (chaland)

    Canadian ODAS

    Canadian ODAS means an ODAS which is owned by

    • (a) a person who is a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada, or

    • (b) the Government of Canada, the government of a province, a corporation resident in Canada or a Canadian university; (ODAS canadien)

    Canadian vessel

    Canadian vessel includes

    • (a) any vessel that is licensed or registered in Canada, and

    • (b) any vessel that is Canadian owned and not licensed, registered or otherwise legally documented by another state; (navire canadien)

    Canadian waters

    Canadian waters means the territorial sea of Canada and all internal waters of Canada; (eaux canadiennes)

    composite unit

    composite unit means a pushing vessel and an associated pushed vessel that are rigidly connected and that are designed as a dedicated and integrated tug and barge combination; (unité composite)


    Convention[Repealed, SOR/83-202, s. 1]


    Department[Repealed, SOR/2002-429, s. 1]

    direction of traffic flow

    direction of traffic flow means the direction for traffic in a route that is indicated by arrows on a reference chart; (direction du trafic)


    Director[Repealed, SOR/83-202, s. 1]

    exploration or exploitation vessel

    exploration or exploitation vessel means a vessel engaged in the exploration or exploitation of the non-living natural resources of the sea bed; (navire d’exploration ou d’exploitation)

    fishing zones

    fishing zones means the fishing zones described in section 16 of the Oceans Act and prescribed in regulations made under paragraph 25(b) of that Act; (zones de pêche)

    give-way vessel

    give-way vessel means a vessel that is required by these Regulations to keep out of the way of another vessel; (navire non privilégié)

    Great Lakes Basin

    Great Lakes Basin means Lakes Ontario, Erie, Huron (including Georgian Bay), Michigan and Superior, their connecting and tributary waters and the Ottawa and St. Lawrence Rivers and their tributaries as far east as the lower exit of St. Lambert Lock; (Bassin des Grands lacs)

    high-speed craft

    high-speed craft[Repealed, SOR/2004-27, s. 1]

    inconspicuous, partly submerged vessel or object

    inconspicuous, partly submerged vessel or object means a raft or any other floating vessel or object that is low in the water and is generally difficult to see; (navire ou objet peu visible, partiellement submergé)

    inshore traffic zone

    inshore traffic zone means a routing measure that is a designated area between the landward boundary of a traffic separation scheme and the adjacent coast that is intended for local traffic; (zone de navigation côtière)


    mile means the international nautical mile of 1 852 metres; (mille)

    Notice to Mariners

    Notice to Mariners means a weekly and annual publication by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to provide marine information; (Avis aux navigateurs)

    Notice to Shipping

    Notice to Shipping means an urgent release by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to provide marine information; (Avis à la navigation)


    ODAS means an ocean data acquisition system that consists of any object on or in the water that is designed to collect, store or transmit samples or data relating to the marine environment or the atmosphere or to the uses thereof; (ODAS)


    Organization means the International Maritime Organization; (Organisation)

    practical cut-off

    practical cut-off[Repealed, SOR/83-202, s. 1]


    prescribed[Repealed, SOR/83-202, s. 1]

    proof of compliance

    proof of compliance means a document or a label that states that a light, shape, sound-signalling appliance or radar reflector meets the standards referred to in section 4 and that is issued by

    • (a) a government that is a party to the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972,

    • (b) a society or association for the classification and registry of ships recognized by a government referred to in paragraph (a), or

    • (c) an independent testing establishment recognized by the Chairman or by a government referred to in paragraph (a); (preuve de conformité)


    raft includes a boom; (radeau)


    Regulations[Repealed, SOR/83-202, s. 1]


    route means an area within which there are at any point, one or two directions of traffic flow and that is delineated on two sides by separation lines, separation zones, natural obstacles or dashed tinted lines except that the continuity of such lines or zones may be interrupted where the route merges with, diverges from or crosses another route; (route)

    routing system

    routing system means any system of one or more routes or routing measures which systems may include traffic separation schemes, two-way routes, recommended tracks, areas to be avoided, inshore traffic zones, roundabouts, precautionary areas and deep water routes; (système d’organisation du trafic)


    Rule means a provision in Schedule I under a heading that consists of the word Rule followed by a number; (règle)


    seaplane includes any aircraft designed to manoeuvre on the water; (hydravion)

    separation zone or line

    separation zone or line means a zone or line separating routes in which ships are proceeding in opposite or nearly opposite directions, or separating a route from the adjacent inshore traffic zone; (zone ou ligne de séparation)

    traffic lane

    traffic lane means a route within which there is one direction of traffic flow; (voie de circulation)

    traffic separation scheme

    traffic separation scheme means a routing measure that provides for the separation of opposing streams of traffic by appropriate means and by the establishment of traffic lanes; (dispositif de séparation du trafic)


    trawling means fishing by dragging through the water a dredge net or other fishing apparatus. (chalutage)

  • (2) In these Regulations, every reference to a vessel includes a reference to an air cushion vessel when it is over or on the water and a seaplane when it is on the water.

  • SOR/79-238, s. 1(F)
  • SOR/83-202, s. 1
  • SOR/90-702, s. 1
  • SOR/2002-429, ss. 1, 13
  • SOR/2004-27, s. 1

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