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

Regulations are current to 2019-06-20 and last amended on 2017-12-19. Previous Versions

Tow-boats

  •  (1) A tow-boat that is not a Safety Convention ship and that is engaged in a towing operation outside the sea area in which it normally operates is not required to meet any additional radio equipment requirements for the area outside the sea area in which it normally operates if

    • (a) one of the ships engaged in the towing operation with the tow-boat meets the requirements for that sea area; or

    • (b) the towing operation is being undertaken in an emergency.

  • (2) If a tow-boat and a vessel being pushed ahead are rigidly connected to form a composite unit, that unit shall be regarded as a single unit, the size of which is the aggregate of the two vessels composing the unit.

Safety Convention Ships

 A Safety Convention ship shall be equipped with a ship station and radio equipment in accordance with Chapter IV of the Safety Convention.

Responsibility of Ship Owner

 The owner of a ship shall ensure that the ship is equipped with a ship station and radio equipment in accordance with these Regulations and the Ship Station (Radio) Technical Regulations, 1999 before the ship undertakes a voyage.

Location of Ship Station

  •  (1) A ship station shall be located on board a ship so as to

    • (a) maximize its safety and operational accessibility;

    • (b) enable the monitoring of the distress and safety frequencies, including maritime safety information and the sending of distress signals or distress alerts from the position from which the ship is normally navigated; and

    • (c) protect it from the harmful effects of water, extremes of temperature and other adverse environmental conditions.

  • (2) A VHF radiotelephone referred to in subsection 7(1) and a VHF radio installation referred to in subsection 9(1) shall be accessible and its operation, including the selection of channels, possible from the ship’s conning position.

VHF Radiotelephones

  •  (1) A ship shall be equipped with one non-portable VHF radiotelephone if the ship is

    • (a) a closed construction ship of more than 8 m in length;

    • (b) a ship carrying passengers that is engaged on a voyage any part of which is

      • (i) in a VHF coverage area, or

      • (ii) more than five miles from shore; or

    • (c) a tow-boat.

  • (2) Unless a ship is equipped with two VHF radiotelephones, its VHF radiotelephone shall have dual watch capability if the ship is

    • (a) a ship that has a gross tonnage of 300 tons or more;

    • (b) a passenger ship that is 20 m or more in length, certified to carry more than 12 passengers and engaged on a voyage other than a home-trade voyage, Class IV, or a minor waters voyage, Class II; or

    • (c) a ship whose VHF radiotelephone was installed after April 28, 1996.

  • (3) Despite paragraph (1)(b), a ship other than a closed construction ship that does not carry more than six passengers may carry a portable VHF radiotelephone that

  • SOR/2005-128, s. 2

Navigation Outside a VHF Coverage Area or Sea Area A1

  •  (1) A ship carrying passengers that is engaged on a voyage any part of which is outside a VHF coverage area or sea area A1 shall be equipped with radio equipment capable of establishing continuous two-way communications with a Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre or, if that is not possible, with another organization or person on shore that is providing communications with the ship.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of a ship engaged on a minor waters voyage during which it remains within two miles of shore, if it does not carry more than six passengers.

  • SOR/2005-128, s. 3

Navigation in the Great Lakes Basin

  •  (1) A ship engaged on a voyage in the Great Lakes Basin shall be equipped with two non-portable VHF radiotelephones if the ship

    • (a) has a gross tonnage of 300 tons or more; or

    • (b) is a passenger ship that is 20 m or more in length, certified to carry more than 12 passengers and engaged on a voyage other than a home-trade voyage, Class IV, or a minor waters voyage, Class II.

  • (2) Any other ship engaged on a voyage in the Great Lakes Basin shall be equipped with two VHF radiotelephones, one of which may be portable, if the ship

    • (a) is carrying more than six passengers; or

    • (b) is a tow-boat whose tow, excluding the tow line, is 20 m or more in length.

Digital Selective Calling (DSC)

  •  (1) Instead of a VHF radiotelephone required by section 7, a ship engaged on a foreign voyage or a home-trade voyage shall be equipped with a VHF radio installation capable of receiving and transmitting voice communications and communications using DSC

    • (a) beginning on April 1, 2001, in the case of a ship that is not engaged on a voyage in a Vessel Traffic Services Zone and that

      • (i) has a gross tonnage of 300 tons or more, or

      • (ii) is 20 m or more in length and certified to carry more than 12 passengers; and

    • (b) beginning on the later of February 1, 2003 and the date that the VHF coverage areas on the east and west coasts of Canada are converted to sea areas A1, in the case of a ship that is

      • (i) a closed construction ship of more than 8 m in length,

      • (ii) a ship carrying more than six passengers,

      • (ii.1) a ship carrying fewer than six passengers, engaged on a home-trade voyage, Class I, a home-trade voyage, Class II, or a foreign voyage, or

      • (iii) a tow-boat.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply in respect of a ship engaged on a home-trade voyage, Class IV, in a Vessel Traffic Services Zone.

  • SOR/2005-128, s. 4

Navigation in Sea Area A2, Sea Area A3 and Sea Area A4

  •  (1) A ship that is 20 m or more in length and certified to carry more than 12 passengers or a ship that has a gross tonnage of 300 tons or more shall be equipped

    • (a) if the ship is engaged on a voyage in sea area A2, with an MF radio installation capable of receiving and transmitting voice communications and communications using DSC;

    • (b) if the ship is engaged on a voyage in sea area A3,

      • (i) with an INMARSAT ship earth station and an MF radio installation capable of receiving and transmitting voice communications and communications using DSC, or

      • (ii) with an MF/HF radio installation capable of receiving and transmitting voice communications and communications using NBDP and DSC;

    • (c) if the ship is engaged on a voyage in sea area A4, with an MF/HF radio installation capable of receiving and transmitting voice communications and communications using NBDP and DSC; and

    • (d) if the ship is engaged on a voyage in an area of INMARSAT coverage in which an international NAVTEX service or a continuous VHF maritime mobile distress and safety service is not provided, with a radio installation capable of receiving maritime safety information sent by the INMARSAT enhanced group call system.

  • (2) Paragraph (1)(d) does not apply in respect of a ship engaged on a voyage exclusively in an area where maritime safety information is provided through NBDP service on the HF band if the ship is equipped with radio equipment capable of receiving that service.

Navigation in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

 Subsection 10(1) does not apply in respect of a ship engaged on a direct voyage through the Gulf of St. Lawrence beyond the VHF coverage area or beyond sea area A1, if the ship is equipped with

  • (a) a NAVTEX receiver; and

  • (b) radio equipment capable of establishing continuous two-way communications with a Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Service Centre.

 
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