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Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1486)

Regulations are current to 2019-12-03 and last amended on 2017-07-13. Previous Versions

PART 0.1Interpretation (continued)

Division 2Safety Equipment (continued)

Life-saving Appliances (continued)

Life Rafts and Other Life-saving Appliances

Marginal note:Requirement to carry on board

  •  (1) A fishing vessel that is engaged on a voyage set out in column 1 of the table to this subsection, and that has a hull length set out in column 2, shall carry on board the life-saving appliances set out in column 3.

    TABLE

    Column 1Column 2Column 3
    ItemVoyageHull LengthOther Life-saving Appliances
    1UnlimitedAny length
    • (a) two or more SOLAS life rafts or reduced capacity life rafts with a total capacity that is sufficient to carry, on each side of the vessel, the number of persons on board;

    • (b) one recovery boat; and

    • (c) an immersion suit of an appropriate size for each person on board

    2Near coastal voyage, class 1Any length
    • (a) one or more SOLAS life rafts or reduced capacity life rafts with total a capacity that is sufficient to carry the number of persons on board; and

    • (b) an immersion suit of an appropriate size for each person on board

    3Near coastal voyage, class 2More than 12 m
    • (a) one or more life rafts, or a combination of life rafts and recovery boats, with a total capacity that is sufficient to carry the number of persons on board;

    • (b) an EPIRB, unless the vessel is carrying on board an EPIRB required by the Ship Station (Radio) Regulations, 1999; and

    • (c) if the water temperature is less than 15°C, an immersion suit or an anti-exposure work suit of an appropriate size for each person on board

    4Near coastal voyage, class 2Not more than 12 m
    • (a) one or more life rafts, or a combination of life rafts and recovery boats, with a total capacity that is sufficient to carry the number of persons on board; or

    • (b) the following equipment:

      • (i) an EPIRB or a means of two-way radio communication, unless the vessel is carrying on board an EPIRB required by the Ship Station (Radio) Regulations, 1999, and

      • (ii) if the water temperature is less than 15°C, an immersion suit or an anti-exposure work suit of an appropriate size for each person on board

    5Sheltered waters voyage or near coastal voyage, class 2, restricted to 2 nautical milesAny length
    • (a) one or more life rafts or recovery boats with a total capacity that is sufficient to carry the number of the persons on board; or

    • (b) the following equipment:

      • (i) an EPIRB or a means of two-way radio communication, unless the vessel is carrying on board an EPIRB required by the Ship Station (Radio) Regulations, 1999, and

      • (ii) if the water temperature is less than 15°C, an immersion suit or an anti-exposure work suit of an appropriate size for each person on board

  • Marginal note:Appliances or written procedures

    (2) Instead of carrying on board the appliances referred to in subparagraph 5(b)(ii) of the table to subsection (1), a fishing vessel engaged on a sheltered waters voyage may carry on board appliances or written procedures, or a combination of both, for protecting all persons on board from the effects of hypothermia or cold shock resulting from swamping, capsizing or falling overboard.

  • Marginal note:Substitute for recovery boat

    (3) A fishing vessel referred in subsection (1) is not required to carry on board a recovery boat if the vessel carries on board an emergency boat, a rescue boat, or a seine skiff that is ordinarily used in the fishing vessel’s fishing operations.

  • SOR/2016-163, s. 2

Marginal note:Requirements for life rafts

 A life raft that is carried on board a fishing vessel shall

  • (a) be marked with the date and place of last service;

  • (b) be serviced, at the intervals set out in section 2 of Schedule IV to the Life Saving Equipment Regulations, at a service station that is accredited by the manufacturer of the life raft; and

  • (c) except in the case of a coastal life raft that is packed in a valise-type container, be stored in a manner that allows it to automatically float free if the vessel sinks.

  • SOR/2016-163, s. 2

Marginal note:Requirements for recovery boats

 A recovery boat that is carried on board a fishing vessel shall carry on board the following equipment:

  • (a) a buoyant safety knife secured near the painter;

  • (b) a bailer secured within the boat;

  • (c) a set of oars or paddles, with locks, secured within the boat;

  • (d) a boat hook;

  • (e) a painter secured forward, or a quick release slip that can be operated under strain;

  • (f) if there are plugholes, a plug for each plughole, secured near the plughole;

  • (g) a buoyant heaving line of not less than 15 m in length;

  • (h) a flash light with spare bulb and batteries;

  • (i) a rustproof whistle;

  • (j) two red hand flares; and

  • (k) in the case of an inflatable boat, an air pump with fittings suitable for replenishing the inflated chambers.

  • SOR/2016-163, s. 2

Marginal note:Launching appliance

 A life raft, emergency boat, recovery boat or rescue boat shall be equipped with a launching appliance, unless it is capable of being launched safely and rapidly by manual means.

  • SOR/2016-163, s. 2

Vessel Safety Equipment

Marginal note:Bailers and bilge pumps

  •  (1) A fishing vessel that has a hull length of not more than 9 m shall carry on board a bailer or a manual bilge pump.

  • Marginal note:Manual bilge pump

    (2) A fishing vessel that has a hull length of more than 9 m shall carry on board a manual bilge pump.

  • Marginal note:Dimensions — bailer

    (3) The bailer referred to in subsection (1) shall be made of plastic or metal, have an opening of at least 65 cm2 and have a capacity of at least 750 mL.

  • Marginal note:Manual bilge pump — piping and operation

    (4) The manual bilge pump referred to in subsections (1) and (2) shall be

    • (a) fitted with or accompanied by a sufficient length of piping or hose to enable water to be pumped from the bilge space of the fishing vessel over the side of the vessel; and

    • (b) capable of being operated from a position above the deck of the fishing vessel.

  • SOR/2016-163, s. 2
 
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