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Navigation Safety Regulations (SOR/2005-134)

Regulations are current to 2020-05-17 and last amended on 2019-06-15. Previous Versions

PART 2Equipment Requirements for Ships Constructed Before July 1, 2002 (continued)

Magnetic Compasses (continued)

 Every standard magnetic compass required to be fitted on a ship under subsection 19(1) shall be equipped with a device for taking azimuths and terrestrial bearings over an arc of the horizon as close as feasible to 360°.

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), every ship engaged on a voyage other than a voyage referred to in subsection 19(1) shall be fitted with a steering magnetic compass.

  • (2) Subsection (1) does not apply to

    • (a) a ship of eight metres or less in length that is navigated within sight of navigation marks; or

    • (b) a cable ferry.

 Every magnetic compass required to be fitted on a ship by this Part shall

  • (a) be properly adjusted; and

  • (b) have its table or curve of residual deviations available for inspection on the ship at all times, except in the case of a magnetic compass required to be fitted on a pleasure craft of less than 150 tons.

Gyro-compasses and Gyro Repeaters

  •  (1) A ship shall be fitted with a gyro-compass if

    • (a) it is engaged on a voyage other than a home-trade voyage, Class IV, or a minor waters voyage and

      • (i) is of 1600 tons or more and was constructed before September 1, 1984, or

      • (ii) is of 500 tons or more and was constructed on or after September 1, 1984; or

    • (b) it is of 500 tons or more and engaged on a voyage

      • (i) that is north of the sixtieth parallel of north latitude and is a foreign voyage or a home-trade voyage, or

      • (ii) that is an inland voyage, Class I.

  • (2) Every ship of 1600 tons or more that was constructed on or after September 1, 1984 and is engaged on a voyage other than a home-trade voyage, Class IV, or a minor waters voyage and every ship of 1600 tons or more that was constructed before September 1, 1984 and is engaged on an international voyage shall be fitted with one or more gyro repeaters that are placed so that bearings can be taken over an arc of the horizon as close as feasible to 360°.

  • (3) Every gyro-compass and every gyro repeater located at the main steering position of a ship shall provide the person at the helm with clear, readable heading information.

Heading Information at the Emergency Steering Position

 Every ship of 150 tons or more that is required by this Part to be fitted with a compass shall be provided with heading information at the emergency steering position if that position is provided.

Navigational Radars

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), a ship shall be fitted with a navigational radar if

    • (a) it is of 500 tons or more and was constructed before September 1, 1984; or

    • (b) it is of 200 tons or more and was constructed on or after September 1, 1984.

  • (2) A ship shall be fitted with two navigational radars if

    • (a) it is of 10 000 tons or more; or

    • (b) it is a tanker, gas carrier or chemical carrier of 1600 tons or more.

  • (3) Every Safety Convention ship and every ship referred to in subsection (1) on which a navigational radar is fitted after March 1, 2001 shall be fitted with a navigational radar that is capable of operating in the 9-GHz frequency band.

  •  (1) When two navigational radars are fitted on a ship, each radar shall be capable of being operated independently of the other.

  • (2) When two navigational radars are fitted on a Safety Convention ship or are fitted, after March 1, 2001, on a ship referred to in subsection 28(2), at least one of the radars shall be capable of operating in the 9-GHz frequency band.

Radar Plotting Facilities

  •  (1) Every navigational radar required by this Part shall be provided with facilities for plotting at or close to each radar display.

  • (2) The plotting facilities for every radar fitted after September 1, 1984 on ships of 1600 tons or more shall be at least as effective as a reflection plotter.

Automatic Radar Plotting Aids (ARPAs)

  •  (1) A ship that is making a foreign voyage or a home-trade voyage, Class I or II, shall be fitted with an automatic radar plotting aid if

    • (a) it is a tanker of 10 000 tons or more;

    • (b) it is a ship of 15 000 tons or more that was constructed before September 1, 1984; or

    • (c) it is a ship of 10 000 tons or more that was constructed on or after September 1, 1984.

  • (2) Every ship of 10 000 tons or more that is carrying oil or liquid hazardous materials in bulk and is making a voyage on the inland waters of Canada shall be fitted with an automatic radar plotting aid.

  • (3) Subsection (1) does not apply to a bulk carrier making a home-trade voyage, Class II, in Canada, if

    • (a) it is limited, by its inspection certificate, to making inland voyages and home-trade voyages, Class II, in Canada; and

    • (b) during the period for which the inspection certificate is in force, it spends more time on inland voyages than on home-trade voyages, Class II, in Canada.

Echo-sounding Equipment

 A ship shall be fitted with echo-sounding equipment if

  • (a) it is of 300 tons or more, was constructed on or after September 1, 1984 and is engaged on a voyage other than a home-trade voyage, Class IV, or a minor waters voyage;

  • (b) it is of 500 tons or more, was constructed on or after January 16, 1973 and is engaged on a voyage other than a home-trade voyage, Class IV, or a minor waters voyage;

  • (c) it is of 1600 tons or more, was constructed before January 16, 1973 and is engaged on a home-trade voyage, Class I or II, or an inland voyage, Class I;

  • (d) it is of 1600 tons or more and engaged on an international voyage; or

  • (e) it is of 15 000 tons or more.

 Every ship of 500 tons or more that is engaged on a foreign voyage or a home-trade voyage, Class I or II, shall, unless it is fitted with echo-sounding equipment, be fitted with an efficient mechanical depth-sounding device operated by means of a lead and line.

Devices to Indicate Speed and Distance

 Every ship of 500 tons or more that was constructed on or after September 1, 1984 and is engaged on a foreign voyage, a home-trade voyage, Class I or II, or an inland voyage, Class I, and every ship required by section 31 to be fitted with an automatic radar plotting aid shall be fitted with a speed-and-distance measuring device to indicate speed and distance travelled through the water.

 Every Canadian ship of 50 000 tons or more that is engaged on a foreign voyage, a home-trade voyage, Class I or II, or an inland voyage, Class I, shall be fitted with a device capable of indicating the rate of speed over the ground in all circumstances, including at low speed and in shallow water.

Rate-of-Turn Indicators

 Every ship of 100 000 tons or more that was constructed on or after September 1, 1984 and is engaged on a foreign voyage or a home-trade voyage, Class I or II, shall be fitted with a rate-of-turn indicator.

Manoeuvring Indicators

  •  (1) Every ship of 1600 tons or more that was constructed before September 1, 1984, every ship of 500 tons or more that was constructed on or after September 1, 1984 and every Canadian ship of 200 tons or more that was constructed on or after September 1, 1984 shall be fitted with indicators that show the rudder angle, the rate of revolution of each propeller and, if fitted with variable-pitch propellers or lateral-thrust propellers, the pitch and operational mode of those propellers.

  • (2) Every Canadian ship of 100 tons or more but less than 1600 tons shall be fitted with an indicator that shows the angular position of the rudder.

  • (3) Every Canadian ship of 500 tons or more but less than 1600 tons shall be fitted with an indicator that shows the operational mode of the propelling machinery.

  • (4) The indicators shall be readable from the conning position.

Signalling Lamps

 Every ship of more than 150 tons that is engaged on an international voyage shall be fitted with a daylight signalling lamp capable of being operated independently of the ship’s main power supply.

PART 3Equipment Requirements for Ships Constructed on or After July 1, 2002

Application

 This Part applies to ships constructed on or after July 1, 2002.

General Equipment Requirements

  •  (1) Every ship shall be fitted with a properly adjusted standard magnetic compass, or other means, independent of any power supply, that can be used to determine the ship’s heading and display it at the main steering position.

  • (2) A ship may be fitted with a properly adjusted steering magnetic compass instead of the standard magnetic compass if

    • (a) it is of less than 150 tons; or

    • (b) it is of less than 500 tons and is engaged on a voyage that is not

      • (i) an international voyage, or

      • (ii) a voyage beyond the limits of a home-trade voyage, Class III, or an inland voyage, Class II.

  • (3) A ship that is required to be fitted with a standard magnetic compass may instead be fitted with a gyro compass and a properly adjusted steering magnetic compass if

    • (a) it is of less than 150 tons and engaged on an international voyage; or

    • (b) it is of less than 500 tons and is not engaged on an international voyage.

  • (4) This section does not apply to

    • (a) a ship of eight metres or less in length that is navigated within sight of navigation marks; or

    • (b) a cable ferry.

 
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