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Public Ports and Public Port Facilities Regulations (SOR/2001-154)

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Public Ports and Public Port Facilities Regulations

SOR/2001-154

CANADA MARINE ACT

Registration 2001-04-26

Public Ports and Public Port Facilities Regulations

P.C. 2001-701 2001-04-26

Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Transport, pursuant to subsections 65(1), (4) and (6) of the Canada Marine ActFootnote a, hereby makes the annexed Public Ports and Public Port Facilities Regulations.

PART 1Public Ports

Designation of Public Ports

 The ports set out in Schedule 1 are designated as public ports and have the limits set out in that Schedule.

Repeal of Designation of Certain Public Ports

  •  (1) The designation under section 1 of a public port set out in Schedule 2 is repealed, effective on the day on which the entire public port facility at the port or the last part of it is transferred to a person or body by Her Majesty in Right of Canada as represented by the Minister of Transport.

  • (2) [Repealed, SOR/2002-358, s. 1]

  • SOR/2002-358, s. 1
  •  (1) The designation under section 1 of a public port set out in Schedule 3 is repealed effective on the day on which the bed of the navigable waters at the port that is owned by Her Majesty in Right of Canada, or the last part of it, or, if applicable, the day on which the entire public port facility at the port, or the last part of it, is transferred to a person or body by Her Majesty in Right of Canada as represented by the Minister of Transport, whichever is later.

  • (2) [Repealed, SOR/2002-358, s. 2]

  • SOR/2002-358, s. 2

 The designation of Esquimalt as a public port under section 1 is repealed.

  • SOR/2005-74, s. 1

 The designation of Nanoose Bay as a public port under section 1 is repealed.

  • SOR/2005-74, s. 1

PART 2Public Port Facilities

[4 to 10 reserved]

PART 3Operations

Interpretation

 The definitions in this section apply in this Part.

Act

Act means the Canada Marine Act. (Loi)

dangerous goods

dangerous goods has the meaning assigned in section 2 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992. (marchandises dangereuses)

designated area

designated area means an area designated by a port official in respect of an activity set out in column 1 of Schedule 4. (endroit désigné)

fee

fee means a fee fixed under subsection 67(1) of the Canada Marine Act or accepted by the Minister under section 68 of that Act. (droit)

floating structure

floating structure means any type of floathome, houseboat, ship, work or other type of floating craft that is used for residential or commercial purposes. (construction flottante)

hot work

hot work means any work that uses flame or that can produce a source of ignition, such as heating, cutting or welding. (travail à chaud)

port official

port official means, with respect to a public port or a public port facility, a representative of the Department of Transport, or a wharfinger or harbour master appointed under section 69 of the Act. (responsable de port)

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1
  • SOR/2004-254, s. 1

Application

 This Part applies to public ports and public port facilities designated under section 65 of the Act and for which the Minister continues to have the management under subsection 72(8) of that Act.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1

Binding on Her Majesty

 This Part is binding on Her Majesty in right of Canada or a province.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1

Safety and Order in Public Ports and Public Port Facilities

Prohibitions

 Unless otherwise authorized under these Regulations, no person shall, by act or omission, do anything or permit anything to be done in a public port or at a public port facility that has or is likely to have any of the following results:

  • (a) to jeopardize the safety or health of persons in the public port or at the public port facility;

  • (b) to interfere with navigation;

  • (c) to obstruct or threaten any part of the public port or the public port facility;

  • (d) to interfere with an authorized activity in the public port or at the public port facility;

  • (e) to divert the flow of a river or stream, cause or affect currents, cause silting or the accumulation of material or otherwise reduce the depth of the waters of the public port;

  • (f) to cause a nuisance;

  • (g) to cause damage to ships or other property;

  • (h) to adversely affect sediment, soil, air or water quality; or

  • (i) to adversely affect public port or public port facility operations.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1
  • SOR/2004-254, s. 2(F)

Access to Public Port Facilities

 No person shall access any area of a public port facility unless

  • (a) the person accesses the area to conduct legitimate business in the area;

  • (b) the person is authorized by a port official to access the area; or

  • (c) access is not restricted by a sign or in some other way such as by a fence.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1

Signs

 A port official may have signs posted or devices placed for the purpose of ensuring the safety of persons and property in a public port or at a public port facility, the environmental protection of the public port or the public port facility, or the management and development of the marine infrastructure and services in the public port or at the public port facility.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1
  •  (1) Every person in a public port or at a public port facility must comply with the instructions on signs posted and with devices placed under the authority of a port official unless the person is authorized by the port official to do otherwise.

  • (2) No person shall remove, mark or deface any sign or device within a public port or at a public port facility.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1

Operation of Vehicles

Registration and Permits

 No person shall operate a vehicle at a public port facility unless

  • (a) the person holds all licences and permits required under the laws of the province and municipality in which the public port facility is situated to operate the vehicle in that province and municipality; and

  • (b) the vehicle is registered and equipped as required under the laws of the province and municipality in which the public port facility is situated.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1

Compliance with Provincial and Municipal Laws

 No person shall operate a vehicle at a public port facility except in accordance with the laws of the province and municipality in which the public port facility is situated.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1

Traffic Control

 Every person who operates a vehicle at a public port facility shall do so in a safe manner and at a speed that does not exceed the lowest of the following:

  • (a) 20 km/h;

  • (b) the speed limit posted on signs at the public port facility; and

  • (c) the speed that is warranted by prevailing weather conditions or by the movement or storage of equipment, trains or goods.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1
  • SOR/2004-254, s. 3
  •  (1) A port official may have signs posted and devices placed at the public port facility respecting

    • (a) the safe operation of vehicles;

    • (b) the parking or stopping of vehicles, including signs and devices restricting or prohibiting parking or stopping; and

    • (c) weight and dimension restrictions of vehicles.

  • (2) A person who operates a vehicle at a public port facility must comply

    • (a) with the instructions on any sign posted or with any device placed by a port official and applicable to the person, vehicle or facility; and

    • (b) with the traffic directions given by a port official.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1
  • SOR/2004-254, s. 4(F)

 A port official may have a vehicle moved or stored at the time at which the vehicle is found to be parked or stopped contrary to this section, if the vehicle is

  • (a) apparently abandoned;

  • (b) parked or stopped

    • (i) in a place or manner that creates a hazard or obstruction, or

    • (ii) at a time that is not within the posted parking or stopping hours; or

  • (c) parked or stopped in an area

    • (i) not posted as a parking or stopping area, or

    • (ii) posted as a no-parking or no-stopping area.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1
  • SOR/2004-254, s. 5

Removal — Property or Waters

  •  (1) Unless otherwise authorized under these Regulations, a person who, in a public port or at a public port facility, drops, deposits, discharges or spills refuse, a substance that pollutes, cargo, ship’s gear or any other thing that interferes with navigation must

    • (a) immediately make every technically feasible and reasonable effort to remove it; and

    • (b) notify a port official of the incident without delay and provide a description of what was dropped, deposited, discharged or spilled and its approximate location, and the efforts made by the person, if any, to remove it.

  • (2) If the person does not remove the refuse, substance, cargo, ship’s gear or thing immediately, the port official may conduct the removal and, if the thing removed interfered with navigation, the removal may be done at the expense of the person.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1
  • SOR/2004-254, s. 6

Fire Protection

 Every person in a public port or at a public port facility must follow the fire protection and prevention measures established for the safety of persons and property in the public port or at the public port facility.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1
  • SOR/2004-254, s. 7

Dangerous Situations

 Every person who by act or omission causes a dangerous situation in a public port or at a public port facility must

  • (a) immediately take one of the following precautions:

    • (i) post the notices, deploy the lights and erect the fences, barricades or other devices that are necessary to prevent accidents and to protect persons and property, or

    • (ii) station a person at the site of the dangerous situation to warn persons of the danger;

  • (b) take appropriate measures to prevent injury to persons or damage to property; and

  • (c) notify a port official without delay as to the nature of the dangerous situation and the precautions that have been taken and their location.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1
  • SOR/2004-254, s. 8

Emergencies

 Despite any other provision of these Regulations, a person may, in a public port or at a public port facility, conduct an activity set out in column 1 of Schedule 4 without having a contract or lease with the Minister, or a licence granted by the Minister or authorization from a port official or without complying with the conditions of an authorization for the duration of an emergency situation if

  • (a) the activity is required as a result of an emergency situation that jeopardizes the safety of persons or threatens to cause damage to property or the environment;

  • (b) the person conducting the activity makes every effort to notify a port official of the activity and the emergency situation, if practicable; and

  • (c) the person conducting the activity submits a report to the port official without delay describing the activity and explaining why the situation was regarded as an emergency.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1

 If a situation causes or is likely to cause death, bodily injury or any other emergency situation in a public port or at a public port facility, or damages or is likely to damage property or the environment, a person directly involved in the situation and, in the case of an activity conducted under a contract, lease, licence or authorization, the person authorized to conduct the activity, must

  • (a) notify a port official without delay of the emergency situation;

  • (b) submit a detailed report of the emergency situation to the port official as soon as possible after the situation ceases to exist; and

  • (c) at the request of the port official, submit with the report to the port official a copy of each report of the emergency situation that the person makes to municipal, provincial and federal authorities.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1

Accidents and Incidents

 A person who does anything in a public port or at a public port facility that results in an incident involving injury to a person, damage to the environment, material loss or damage, or an explosion, fire, accident, grounding, or stranding must

  • (a) notify a port official of the incident without delay; and

  • (b) submit a detailed report of the incident to the port official as soon as possible after the incident occurs.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1

Precautionary Measures

  •  (1) If, in a public port or at a public port facility, a person conducts an activity, other than an activity set out in Schedule 4, that is likely to have any of the results prohibited under section 14, a port official may instruct the person conducting the activity to cease the activity or to take the precautions reasonably necessary to mitigate or prevent the result.

  • (2) The person must immediately comply with the instructions of the port official.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1
  • SOR/2004-254, s. 9

Activities of Port Officials

 If a port official is the proponent of an activity that is set out in column 1 of Schedule 4 which is likely to have any of the results prohibited under section 14, the port official must take appropriate measures designed to mitigate or prevent the result, if technically feasible and reasonable, taking into account

  • (a) the safety of persons and property in the public port or at the public port facility;

  • (b) the environmental protection of the public port or the public port facility; and

  • (c) the management and the development of the marine infrastructure and services in the public port or at the public port facility.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1

Authorizations and Instructions for Activities in a Public Port and at a Public Port Facility

Activities under Contracts, Leases and Licences

 A person may, in a public port or at a public port facility, conduct an activity set out in column 1 of Schedule 4 if authorized to do so in writing expressly or by necessary implication under a contract or lease entered into with, or a licence granted by, the Minister.

  • SOR/2002-121, s. 1
 
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