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Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations

Version of section 56 from 2006-03-22 to 2017-07-12:

  •  (1) Every permanent fuel tank on a fishing vessel shall be

    • (a) bonded electrically to the fuel piping system and engine; and

    • (b) installed and maintained so as to prevent fuel leakage.

  • (2) Every portable reserve fuel tank on a fishing vessel shall meet the requirements of Canadian Standards Association standard, B376-M1980, Portable Containers for Gasoline and Other Petroleum Fuels, in force at the time of purchase of the portable reserve fuel tank and be stored as far as practicable from heat or ignition sources, propulsion machinery compartments and crew’s quarters.

  • (3) Fuel tank filling arrangements on a fishing vessel shall be such as to prevent spillage into shipboard spaces, including bilges.

  • (4) Where a fuel tank is fuelled by means of a funnel, nozzle or similar device, continuous contact shall be maintained between the shipboard filling pipe and the filling device immediately prior to and during the entire fuelling operation.

  • (5) During a gasoline fuelling operation, every door, window and porthole on the fishing vessel shall be closed and all spark- or flame-producing equipment on the fishing vessel and in the vicinity of the fuelling operation shall be shut off.

  • (6) Every inboard gasoline-fuelled engine on a fishing vessel shall

    • (a) be equipped to prevent fuel leakage into bilges or enclosed spaces;

    • (b) have a wire gauze-covered drip pan located below the carburetor;

    • (c) where the engine is located below deck or in an enclosure where fuel vapour will not readily dissipate, have an air intake arrangement that will arrest back-fire flame; and

    • (d) where the engine is located in a space required by subsection (8) to be mechanically ventilated, have a starting switch arrangement that will cause the ventilation fan to operate for a suitable period prior to engine ignition.

  • (7) Every space on a fishing vessel in which machinery is located shall be ventilated so that in all weather conditions where the engines and other fuel-burning appliances are operating at full power, an adequate supply of air is maintained to ensure the safety and comfort of the crew and the operation of the engines and appliances.

  • (8) A mechanical ventilation system shall be installed in a fishing vessel in accordance with subsection (9) in

    • (a) every space that is below deck and in which a gasoline-fuelled engine is located; and

    • (b) every other space, including bilges, in which gasoline fuel vapours may collect and may not readily dissipate.

  • (9) The mechanical ventilation system referred to in subsection (8) shall meet the following requirements:

    • (a) the system shall include both inlet and exhaust ducts;

    • (b) the exhaust duct opening shall be located in a low position in the space that permits the most efficient ventilation;

    • (c) the exhaust duct outlet shall lead to a location on the open deck where fumes may safely dissipate;

    • (d) the fan in the exhaust duct shall be spark proof; and

    • (e) where the fan motor is located in an area where ignitable vapours may be generated or collect, the fan motor shall be spark proof.

  • (10) An appliance that burns liquid or gas fuel shall be so installed that air circulates freely all around the appliance.

  • (11) Insulation to prevent combustion shall be placed between woodwork or other inflammable material and adjacent surfaces of engine exhaust piping, heating appliances or other components that may become heated.

  • SOR/89-283, s. 5
  • SOR/99-215, s. 6(E)

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