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Ship Station (Radio) Regulations, 1999 (SOR/2000-260)

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Ship Station (Radio) Regulations, 1999




Registration 2000-06-21

Ship Station (Radio) Regulations, 1999

P.C. 2000-1029 2000-06-21

Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Transport, pursuant to section 314Footnote a, subsections 338(1)Footnote b and 339(1) and section 342 of the Canada Shipping Act and section 12 of the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, hereby makes the annexed Ship Station (Radio) Regulations, 1999.


  •  (1) The definitions in this section apply in these Regulations.


    Act means the Canada Shipping Act. (Loi)

    Arctic class ship

    Arctic class ship[Repealed, SOR/2017-286, s. 27]


    certified, in respect of a ship, means certified by the Board or by the appropriate authority of the country in which the ship is registered. (autorisé)

    closed construction ship

    closed construction ship means a ship that has a fixed structural deck covering the entire hull above the deepest operating waterline and that, when the open wells or cockpits fitted in the deck of the ship are flooded, is not endangered. (navire ponté)

    digital selective calling

    digital selective calling or DSC means a technique using digital codes that enables a radio station to establish contact with, and transfer information to, another station or group of stations, which technique complies with the recommendations of the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector. (appel sélectif numérique ou ASN)

    dual watch capability

    dual watch capability, in respect of a VHF radiotelephone, means that the radiotelephone is designed

    • (a) to monitor frequency 156.8 MHz (channel 16) while a listening watch is maintained on one other selected channel; and

    • (b) to cause channel 16 to override the selected channel when a signal is received on channel 16. (système de veille double)

    enhanced group call system

    enhanced group call system means a system for broadcasting messages by means of the INMARSAT-C mobile satellite communications system operated by INMARSAT. (système d’appel de groupe amélioré)


    EPIRB means an emergency position indicating radiobeacon that meets the requirements of sections 25 and 26 of the Ship Station (Radio) Technical Regulations, 1999. (RLS)

    Great Lakes Basin

    Great Lakes Basin means the waters of the Great Lakes, their connecting and tributary waters and the St. Lawrence River as far as the lower exit of the St. Lambert Lock at Montreal in the Province of Quebec. (bassin des Grands Lacs)


    INMARSAT means the International Maritime Satellite Organization. (INMARSAT)

    international NAVTEX service

    international NAVTEX service means the coordinated broadcast of maritime safety information in the English language on the radio frequency of 518 kHz that is automatically received on any ship through NBDP. (service NAVTEX international)


    length means overall length. (longueur)

    maritime safety information

    maritime safety information means navigational and meteorological warnings, meteorological forecasts and other urgent safety-related messages broadcast to ships. (renseignements sur la sécurité maritime)


    mile means the international nautical mile of 1 852 m. (mille)

    NAVTEX receiver

    NAVTEX receiver means a receiver that is capable of receiving an international NAVTEX service and that meets the requirements of section 24 of the Ship Station (Radio) Technical Regulations, 1999. (récepteur NAVTEX)


    NBDP means the process of message transmission known as narrow-band direct-printing telegraphy that uses the International Telegraph Alphabet Number 2 Code in such a way that receiving equipment automatically produces a printed version of the transmitted message. (IDBE)

    non-Canadian ship

    non-Canadian ship means a ship that is not a Canadian ship or a non-duty paid ship within the meaning of subsection 2(1) of the Coasting Trade Act. (navire non canadien)


    owner includes a charterer. (propriétaire)


    SART means a radar transponder designed for search and rescue purposes that meets the requirements of section 28 of the Ship Station (Radio) Technical Regulations, 1999. (répondeur SAR)

    sea area A1

    sea area A1, sea area A2, sea area A3 and sea area A4 have the meanings assigned in Chapter IV of the Safety Convention. (zone océanique A1, zone océanique A2, zone océanique A3 et zone océanique A4)

    ship earth station

    ship earth station means a mobile earth station in the maritime mobile-satellite service located on board a ship. (station terrienne de navire)

    shipping safety control zone

    shipping safety control zone means an area of arctic waters prescribed as such under subsection 11(1) of the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act. (zone de contrôle de la sécurité de la navigation)

    survival craft

    survival craft means a survival craft within the meaning of the Life Saving Equipment Regulations or the Large Fishing Vessel Inspection Regulations. (bateau de sauvetage)


    tow-boat means a ship engaged in towing another ship or a floating object astern or alongside or in pushing another ship or a floating object ahead. (bâtiment remorqueur)

    Type A ship

    Type A ship[Repealed, SOR/2017-286, s. 27]

    Vessel Traffic Services Zone

    Vessel Traffic Services Zone means a Vessel Traffic Services Zone prescribed in section 4 of the Vessel Traffic Services Zones Regulations. (zone de services de trafic maritime)

    VHF coverage area

    VHF coverage area means

    • (a) the Great Lakes;

    • (b) the Saguenay River downstream from Chicoutimi;

    • (c) the St. Lawrence River as far seaward as a straight line drawn

      • (i) from Cap-des-Rosiers to West Point, Anticosti Island, and

      • (ii) from Anticosti Island to the north shore of the St. Lawrence River along the meridian of longitude 63° west;

    • (d) Puget Sound, State of Washington, U.S.A.; or

    • (e) all waters that are within a coverage radius of a Canadian Coast Guard or U.S. Coast Guard radio station providing a continuous maritime mobile distress and safety service on frequency 156.8 MHz (channel 16). (zone VHF)

  • (2) In these Regulations, the classes of home-trade voyages and the classes of minor waters voyages have the meanings assigned in sections 4 and 6, respectively, of the Home-Trade, Inland and Minor Waters Voyages Regulations.

  • SOR/2016-163, s. 36
  • SOR/2017-286, s. 27


  •  (1) These Regulations apply in respect of a ship that is

    • (a) a Canadian ship navigating in any waters; or

    • (b) a non-Canadian ship engaged in the coasting trade, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Coasting Trade Act.

  • (2) Sections 4 to 8 and 15 also apply in respect of a non-Canadian ship while it is navigating in Canadian waters or a shipping safety control zone.

  • (3) These Regulations do not apply in respect of

    • (a) a ship engaged on a minor waters voyage in waters other than the minor waters set out in the schedule, unless it is a ship carrying passengers;

    • (b) a non-self-propelled dredge or similar floating plant that is not located in or near a channel or fairway or any other place where it constitutes a hazard to ships;

    • (c) a tow-boat, if the tow-boat and its tow are located within a booming ground; or

    • (d) a pleasure craft.

    • (e) [Repealed, SOR/2005-128, s. 1]

  • SOR/2005-128, s. 1
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