Towboat Crew Accommodation Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1498)
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Regulations are current to 2023-05-17 and last amended on 2007-07-01. Previous Versions
Towboat Crew Accommodation Regulations
C.R.C., c. 1498
Regulations Respecting Crew Accommodation in Ships Used for Towing
1 These Regulations may be cited as the Towboat Crew Accommodation Regulations.
2 In these Regulations,
Act means the Canada Shipping Act; (Loi)
Board means the Board of Steamship Inspection created pursuant to Part VIII of the Act; (Bureau)
- day ship
day ship means a ship on which the crew is not required to sleep on board; (navire de jour)
- existing ship
existing ship means a ship that is not a new ship; (navire existant)
- flame spread rating
flame spread rating means the rating applied to a surface that has been tested in accordance with the American Society for Testing and Materials Test No. E84-61 Standard Method of Test for Surface Burning Characteristics for Building Materials (Tunnel Test); (coefficient de propagation des flammes)
inspector means a steamship inspector appointed pursuant to section 366 of the Act or a person designated pursuant to section 48 of these Regulations; (inspecteur)
(a) in the case of a ship 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 ship, the measurement shall be taken to the fore side of the head of the rudder stock, or
(ii) if the ship has no rudder stock or has a rudder stock situated outside of the hull at the stern, the distance from the fore side of the foremost permanent structure to the aft side of the aftermost permanent structure of the ship, not including guards or rubbing strakes, and
(b) in the case of a ship that is not required by the Act to be registered, the horizontal distance measured between perpendiculars erected at the extreme ends of the outside of the hull; (longueur)
- new ship
new ship means
(a) a ship, the construction of which was commenced on or after August 24, 1972, and
(b) a ship that was a non-Canadian ship before August 24, 1972 and that is registered or licensed in Canada on or after that date; (navire neuf)
- private toilet space
private toilet space means any toilet space appropriated for the use of not more than four persons that
(a) is situated between two sleeping rooms and used solely by the occupants of those rooms, or
(b) adjoins a sleeping room and is used solely by the occupants of that room; (salle de bain privée)
- toilet space
toilet space means every room containing a bath, shower, water-closet or wash-basin other than a room that is
(a) a sleeping room, or
(b) used only as a laundry; (salle de bain)
tow means to pull or push any floating object; (remorquer)
weathertight means capable of preventing the passage of water from exterior space to interior space in any weather condition. (étanche aux intempéries)
- 1987, c. 7, s. 84(F)
3 (1) Subject to subsection (2), these Regulations apply to every Canadian ship of more than five tons, gross tonnage, that is used for towing, other than
(a) a ship that, when used for towing, is so used only for the purpose of salvaging logs; or
(b) a fishing vessel.
(2) Clauses 17(1)(a)(iii)(A) and (C) and paragraphs 20(1)(b) and 31(1)(d) do not apply to ships of 15.2 m in length or under and subsections 33(9) and 36(5) do not apply to existing ships of 15.2 m in length or under.
- SOR/78-144, s. 1
4 (1) Notwithstanding anything in these Regulations, where any changes are made to an existing ship, the crew accommodation shall be modified so as to comply, in so far as is reasonable and practicable in the opinion of the Board, with the requirements of these Regulations respecting a new ship.
(2) Notwithstanding subsection 3(2) where any furniture, fittings or other items referred to in these Regulations are renewed or replaced on an existing ship, that furniture or those fittings or other items shall comply with the requirements of these Regulations respecting a new ship except where space limitations on the ship make such compliance unreasonable or impracticable.
(3) The crew accommodation on every ship shall comply with the requirements of Schedule I.
(4) With respect to heating, the crew accommodation on every ship shall comply with the requirements of Schedule II.
5 The owner of every ship shall ensure that the crew accommodation on that ship complies with the requirements of these Regulations.
6 (1) Subject to subsections 19(3) and 21(2), every dining area, galley, recreation space and toilet space on a new ship other than a day ship shall be separated by bulkheads from every other room or area on that ship.
(2) Every part of the crew accommodation, other than a store room or a galley, shall be kept free of stores and shall not be used for the storage of property not belonging to or provided solely for the use of the persons for whom that part of the crew accommodation is appropriated.
(3) No cargo shall be kept in any part of the crew accommodation.
7 (1) There shall be no means of access, other than an emergency escape opening or an opening from a passageway, between the crew accommodation and a space used as
(a) an oil bunker;
(b) a cargo or machinery space;
(c) a lamp room or paint room; or
(d) a store room not forming part of the crew accommodation.
(2) Subsection (1) only applies to ships under 22.9 m in length in so far as is reasonable and practicable.
- SOR/78-144, s. 2
8 The means of access to and egress from every part of the crew accommodation shall be so situated that, in the event of fire in any lamp room or paint room in the ship, access to and egress from the crew accommodation will not be impaired.
9 In every new ship 22.9 m in length or over
(a) sleeping rooms and galleys shall be wholly situated above the deepest water line; and
(b) no part of the crew accommodation other than store rooms shall be forward of the collision bulkhead.
- SOR/78-144, s. 3
10 (1) Subject to subsection (2), in every new ship there shall be a clear headroom of at least 1 905 mm at every point in the crew accommodation where a person may normally stand.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply to store rooms.
- SOR/78-144, s. 4
Construction of Bulkheads
11 (1) In every ship bulkheads, deckhouses and casings that are exposed to weather shall be of at least weathertight construction.
(2) Subject to subsection (3), every bulkhead that separates
(a) a sleeping room from a laundry, a drying space, a galley, a dry provision store room, a cold store room or a space containing a water-closet, or
(b) a dining area or recreation space from a laundry, a drying room, a cold store room or a space containing a water-closet
shall be so constructed as to prevent the passage of fumes and shall be watertight to such a height as is necessary to prevent the passage of water.
(3) Subject to subsection (4), every bulkhead that separates a space containing a water-closet from any other part of the crew accommodation shall be watertight to a height of at least 150 mm above the floor of the space containing a water-closet.
(4) Subsection (3) does not apply to a bulkhead that separates a private toilet space from a sleeping room from which the toilet space may be directly entered.
(5) Gastight bulkheads shall be fitted so as to separate every part of the crew accommodation from a space used as
(a) a machinery space;
(b) a lamp room or paint room; or
(c) a store room not forming part of the crew accommodation.
(6) Watertight or oiltight bulkheads shall be so fitted as to separate every part of the crew accommodation from a space used as
(a) an oil fuel bunker;
(b) a chain locker; or
(c) a cofferdam.
- SOR/78-144, s. 5
12 (1) The crew accommodation shall be protected from the effects of condensation by insulation on
(a) the parts of the ship’s side, bulkheads and overhead decks that are exposed to the weather; and
(b) every other bulkhead, casing and deck in the crew accommodation that may be affected by condensation.
(2) Every bulkhead, casing and deck in the crew accommodation shall be so insulated as to protect the crew from undue discomfort due to the effects of heat and cold emanating from outside that accommodation.
(3) In every existing ship where old insulation is renewed or new insulation is installed and in every new ship the material used for insulation shall
(a) have self-extinguishing characteristics;
(b) not contain any substance that may cause corrosion of the surface to which it is applied unless the surface is effectively protected from the corroding substance;
(c) be so fitted as to resist as far as possible the absorption of water and condensation and the harbouring of dirt and vermin; and
(d) be so applied as to adhere to or be efficiently retained by the surface under all normal conditions of service.
13 (1) Subject to subsection (2), the decks in the crew accommodation shall be covered with a material that
(a) provides a good foothold and is easy to clean; and
(b) complies with the requirements of Schedule III.
(2) The decks of toilet spaces, galleys, laundries and drying spaces shall be covered with terrazzo or other hard material that is impervious to liquids and that complies with the requirements of Schedule III.
(3) The joining of the deck coverings with the side walls of toilet spaces, galleys, laundries and drying spaces shall be rounded in a manner that will avoid crevices.
Painting, Panelling and other Finishes
14 (1) The interior sidewalls and ceilings of every part of the crew accommodation shall be covered with paint, panelling or other suitable material.
(2) Interior panelling in the crew accommodation shall be constructed of a material having a surface that is easy to clean and shall not be constructed with tongued and grooved boarding or in a manner, or with a material, likely to harbour vermin.
(3) Furniture and fittings in the crew accommodation shall be finished with paint, varnish, polish or other similar finish.
(4) All exposed surfaces in the crew accommodation, including furniture surfaces, shall have a flame spread rating not in excess of 25.
15 (1) Every ship, other than a day ship, shall be provided with a sufficient number of sleeping rooms, furnished in accordance with section 17, to accommodate at any one time all the persons required to sleep on board the ship.
(2) In every new ship of 22.9 m in length or over, no more than two persons shall be accommodated in each sleeping room.
(3) In every new ship of less than 22.9 m in length no more than four persons shall be accommodated in each sleeping room.
- SOR/78-144, s. 6
16 (1) A sleeping room on a new ship shall have a floor area of not less than
(a) 3.7 m2, in the case of a sleeping room for one person;
(b) 5.1 m2, in the case of a sleeping room for two persons; and
(c) 7 m2, in the case of a sleeping room for three or four persons.
(2) The floor area specified in subsection (1) shall not include the floor area of the following spaces:
(a) a triangular or recessed space that is too narrow and confined for a person to stand in it; or
(b) in the case of a space where the ship’s side tumbles home, the space outboard a vertical line from the floor meeting the side at a height of 1.8 m.
(3) Where a bed is located against the flare of the ship’s side, the area specified in subsection (1) may be measured in the horizontal plane at the height of the bottom of the mattress of the lowest bunk, or at a height of 0.9 m, whichever is the lower point.
- SOR/78-144, s. 7
Furniture and Fittings in Sleeping Rooms
17 (1) Every sleeping room on a new ship shall be provided with
(a) in respect of each person accommodated in the room,
(i) a bed,
(ii) a drawer,
(iii) a clothes closet that
(A) is at least 1.8 m high,
(B) is not less than 530 mm in one horizontal direction and has a horizontal area of at least 2 130 cm2,
(C) has a shelf fitted at a point not less than 230 mm and not more than 380 mm below the top of the closet, and
(D) has fittings from which clothes may be hung, and
(iv) at least one coat hook in addition to any coat hooks fitted in the clothes closet;
(b) a built-in table top of the sliding or drop leaf type or a desk or a table;
(c) seating, in addition to the bed surfaces, sufficient to accommodate at one time all the persons accommodated in the room;
(d) a mirror, except where a mirror is fitted in the private toilet space for that sleeping room;
(e) a cabinet for toilet requisites except where such a cabinet is fitted in the private toilet space for that sleeping room;
(f) a curtain fitted to each bed, unless the room accommodates only one person;
(g) a curtain fitted to each side scuttle, unless the side scuttle is fitted with blinds or jalousies;
(h) a wash-basin of vitreous china or other equally hygenic and durable material, except where such a wash-basin is fitted in a toilet space that is readily accessible from the sleeping room; and
(i) a towel bar or hook.
(2) Every sleeping room on an existing ship shall be provided with,
(a) in respect of each person accommodated in the room, a bed; and
(b) the fittings and furniture described in paragraphs (1)(d) to (i).
(3) Every sleeping room on every ship shall, in respect of each person accommodated in the room, be provided with at least one drawer that is fitted with a lock or with a hasp and staple for a padlock.
(4) All closets, tables, desks, the unupholstered parts of chairs, settees and similar furnishings provided in compliance with this section shall
(a) be made of wood, rustproofed metal or other smooth and impervious material that is not likely to crack, warp or become corroded; and
(b) be so constructed as to avoid infestation by vermin.
- SOR/78-144, s. 8
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