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Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations

Version of section 2 from 2006-03-22 to 2017-07-12:

 In these Regulations,


Act means the Canada Shipping Act; (Loi)


amidships means the mid-point of the length of a fishing vessel; (milieu du bateau)


Board means the Board of Steamship Inspection; (Bureau)


Chairman means the Chairman of the Board; (président)


Class II EPIRB means an emergency position indicating radiobeacon; (RLS de classe II)

closed construction

closed construction, with respect to a fishing vessel, means a fishing vessel of which more than 50 per cent of the length is covered full width, at or above the gunwale level, by decks or permanent enclosures; (bateau ponté)

Divisional Supervisor

Divisional Supervisor means the officer of the Department of Transport in charge of a Steamship Inspection Division and includes the Regional Superintendent of a Steamship Inspection Division; (surveillant divisionnaire)


existing, when used with reference to a fishing vessel, means a fishing vessel that is not new; (existant)

fishing vessel

fishing vessel means a vessel that is to be used in commercial fishing or that is engaged in commercial fishing and includes a rockweed harvester vessel; (bateau de pêche)


inspector means a steamship inspector appointed under the Act; (inspecteur)


length means,

  • (a) in the case of a vessel that is registered under the Act or required by the Act to be registered,

    • (i) the distance from the fore part of the uppermost end of the stem to the aft side of the head of the stern post except that if a stern post is not fitted to the vessel the measurement shall be taken to the foreside of the head of the rudder stock, or

    • (ii) if the vessel has no rudder stock or has a rudder stock situated outside of the hull at the stern, the distance from the foreside of the foremost permanent structure to the aft side of the aftermost permanent structure of the vessel, not including guards or rubbing strakes, and

  • (b) in the case of a vessel other than a vessel described in paragraph (a), the horizontal distance measured between perpendiculars erected at the extreme ends of the outside of the hull; (longueur)


new, when used with reference to a fishing vessel or article, means that the construction of the fishing vessel or article was commenced on or after January 6, 1965, and includes any foreign fishing vessel brought under Canadian registry whether or not its construction was commenced before or after that date; (neuf)

open construction

open construction, with respect to a fishing vessel, means a fishing vessel other than one of closed construction; (bateau non ponté)

sailing ship

sailing ship means

  • (a) a ship propelled wholly by sails, and

  • (b) a ship principally employed in fishing not exceeding 200 tons, gross tonnage, provided with masts, sails and rigging sufficient to allow it to make voyages under sail alone, and that, in addition, is fitted with a mechanical means of propulsion other than a steam engine; (voilier ou navire à voiles)


SART means a radar transponder designed for search and rescue purposes; (répondeur SAR)

subsidized vessel

subsidized vessel[Repealed, SOR/79-905, s. 1]

survival craft

survival craft means a vessel carried pursuant to section 30 as life saving equipment on board a fishing vessel; (bateau de sauvetage)

TP 127

TP 127 means the Ship Safety Electrical Standards, issued by the Department of Transport, as amended from time to time. (TP 127)

  • SOR/79-905, s. 1
  • SOR/96-217, s. 1
  • SOR/99-215, s. 4
  • SOR/2000-262, s. 1

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