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Ship Station (Radio) Technical Regulations, 1999 (SOR/2000-265)

Regulations are current to 2020-05-17 and last amended on 2017-07-13. Previous Versions

Assessments and Tests

 A radio operator shall, before a ship undertakes a voyage, ensure that the radio equipment is in proper operating condition and that all documents and publications required by section 17 of the Ship Station (Radio) Regulations are on board the ship.

  •  (1) A radio operator shall, while a ship is at sea,

    • (a) daily, assess the operating condition of a ship station; and

    • (b) subject to subsection (2), in the case of a VHF radio installation, MF radio installation and MF/HF radio installation, weekly, assess, by the means of normal communications or by a test call carried out within the communication range of either a ship station or a coast station that is capable of transmitting and receiving communications using DSC, the operating condition of the radio installation.

  • (2) When, for longer than a week, a ship has been out of the communication range of a ship station or a coast station that is capable of transmitting and receiving communications using DSC, a radio operator shall make the test call at the first opportunity after the ship is within the communication range of a coast station in order to assess the operating condition of the radio installation.

  • (3) A radio operator shall, when testing the operating condition of a ship station transmitter, use the antenna normally used for the transmitter.

  • (4) If an assessment referred to in subsection (1) or (2) indicates that the radio equipment or the reserve source of energy is not operating properly, the equipment or source of energy shall be restored to its proper operating condition as soon as possible.

  • (5) If a ship station is out of service for more than 30 days, a radio operator shall verify, within the seven days before the ship undertakes a voyage, that the radio equipment is in proper operating condition and shall enter that information in the radio log.

  •  (1) The batteries that constitute a source of electrical energy for any radio equipment shall be

    • (a) tested daily, to determine the state of their charge;

    • (b) checked once each month, to determine the physical condition of the batteries, their connections and compartment; and

    • (c) fully recharged when necessary.

  • (2) Rechargeable batteries that constitute a reserve source of electrical energy for any radio equipment shall undergo

    • (a) unless the battery manufacturer advises otherwise, once a year, when a ship is not at sea, a check of their capacity by fully discharging and recharging them, using normal operating current and their battery rating period; and

    • (b) an assessment of their charge without any significant discharge of the batteries

      • (i) immediately before the ship puts to sea, and

      • (ii) each week, while the ship is at sea.

  • SOR/2003-386, s. 5(F)
  • SOR/2016-163, ss. 40, 41

Inspection and Certificates of Ship Stations

 A radio inspector may board a ship for the purpose of inspecting a ship station on board the ship, including any radio equipment, documentation and other equipment for the ship station.

  •  (1) The master of a ship, other than a Safety Convention ship, shall ensure that the ship station is inspected by a radio inspector

    • (a) within the 30 days before the ship puts to sea for the first time, if the ship is

      • (i) 20 m or more in length,

      • (ii) a tow-boat, or

      • (iii) carrying more than 12 passengers on a voyage any part of which is in a VHF coverage area or more than five miles from shore;

    • (b) at least once every 48 months, in the case of a ship referred to in paragraph (a) that is certified for home-trade voyages, Class IV, or minor waters voyages, Class II; and

    • (c) at least once every 12 months, in the case of a ship referred to in paragraph (a) that is certified for voyages other than a home-trade voyage, Class IV, or a minor waters voyage, Class II.

  • (2) The master of a ship that is required to be inspected under the Agreement between Canada and the United States of America for Promotion of Safety on the Great Lakes by Means of Radio, 1973 need not comply with paragraphs (1)(b) or (c), but shall ensure that the ship station is inspected by a radio inspector before the ship enters the Great Lakes Basin for the first time and at least once every 13 months thereafter while continuing to navigate in the Great Lakes Basin.

  • (3) The master of a Safety Convention ship shall ensure that the ship station is inspected by a radio inspector at the intervals provided for in the Safety Convention.

  • (4) If a radio inspection required by this section shows that a ship station meets the requirements of the Act, these Regulations and the Ship Station (Radio) Regulations, 1999, the radio inspector shall issue a radio inspection certificate and shall note as an endorsement on the certificate any substitution of equivalent standards permitted by the Board under subsection 305(2.1) of the Act.

  • (5) A radio inspection certificate is valid for

    • (a) 48 months, in the case of a ship referred to in paragraph (1)(b);

    • (b) 13 months, in the case of a ship referred to in subsection (2); or

    • (c) 12 months, in any other case.

  • SOR/2003-386, s. 4

Repeal

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Coming into Force

 These Regulations come into force on April 1, 2001.

 
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