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Load Line Regulations

Version of section 1 from 2013-12-06 to 2021-06-22:

  •  (1) The following definitions apply in these Regulations.

    1966 Convention

    1966 Convention means the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966. (Convention de 1966)


    Act means the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. (Loi)


    Board means the Marine Technical Review Board established under section 26 of the Act. (Bureau)

    classification society

    classification society means the American Bureau of Shipping, Bureau Veritas, Det Norske Veritas, Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, Germanischer Lloyd, Registro Italiano Navale and Nippon Kaiji Kyokai. (société de classification)


    Convention means the International Convention on Load Lines, 1966, as modified by the Protocol. (Convention)

    domestic voyage

    domestic voyage means a voyage that is from a place in Canada to another place in Canada. (voyage intérieur)

    freeboard deck

    freeboard deck in respect of a vessel, means

    • (a) the vessel’s uppermost complete deck that is exposed to weather and sea and has permanent means of closing all openings in its exposed parts, and below which all openings in the shell of the vessel are fitted with permanent means of watertight closing; or

    • (b) a permanent deck that is lower than the deck referred to in paragraph (a), is continuous in a fore and aft direction at least between the machinery space and peak bulkheads and continuous athwartships if the vessel’s owner requests that lower deck. (pont de franc-bord)

    HSC Code

    HSC Code means the International Code of Safety for High Speed Craft, 2000, (2000 HSC CODE), published by the IMO, as amended from time to time. (recueil HSC)


    IMO means the International Maritime Organization. (OMI)

    inland voyage

    inland voyage means a voyage on the inland waters of Canada together with any part of any lake or river forming part of the inland waters of Canada that lies within the United States or on Lake Michigan. (voyage en eaux intérieures)

    inland waters of Canada

    inland waters of Canada means all the rivers, lakes and other navigable fresh waters within Canada, and includes the St. Lawrence River as far seaward as a straight line drawn

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

    • (b) from Anticosti Island to the north shore of the St. Lawrence along a meridian of longitude 63°W. (eaux intérieures du Canada)


    Minister means the Minister of Transport. (ministre)

    open-hopper dredge

    open-hopper dredge means a self-propelled dredge with an open hold or hopper in the hull that receives dredged material and is fitted with bottom doors that can quickly jettison the dredged material. (marie-salope)


    place means

    • (a) a port; or

    • (b) any vessel or place that is used for loading or unloading vessels. (lieu)


    Protocol means the 1988 Protocol relating to the International Convention on Load lines, 1966, as amended on January 1, 2005. (Protocole)

    sheltered waters voyage

    sheltered waters voyage has the same meaning as in section 1 of the Vessel Certificates Regulations. (voyage en eaux abritées)


    superstructure means a decked structure on the freeboard deck of a vessel extending from side to side of the vessel or with the side plating not being more than four per cent of the breadth inboard of the shell plating, and includes that part of the hull extending above the freeboard deck if the freeboard deck is a lower deck. (superstructure)


    watertight means designed to withstand a static head of water without any leakage. (étanche à l’eau)

  • (2) For the purpose of these Regulations, a vessel is constructed on the earliest of

    • (a) the day on which its keel is laid,

    • (b) the day on which construction identifiable with a specific vessel begins, and

    • (c) the day on which assembly of the vessel reaches the lesser of 50 tonnes and one per cent of the estimated mass of all structural material.

  • (3) Subject to subsection (4), for the purpose of these Regulations, every reference to “Administration” in a document incorporated by reference in these Regulations means

    • (a) in the case of a Canadian vessel, the Minister; and

    • (b) in the case of a foreign vessel, the government of the state whose flag the vessel is entitled to fly.

  • (4) For the purpose of these Regulations, every reference to “Administration” in articles 6 and 8 of the 1966 Convention or the Convention means, in the case of a Canadian vessel, the Board.

  • (5) For the purpose of interpreting a document incorporated by reference in these Regulations, “should” shall be read to mean “shall”.

  • SOR/2013-235, s. 13

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