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Fire and Boat Drills Regulations (SOR/2010-83)

Regulations are current to 2022-06-20 and last amended on 2021-06-23. Previous Versions

Fire and Boat Drills Regulations

SOR/2010-83

CANADA SHIPPING ACT, 2001

Registration 2010-04-22

Fire and Boat Drills Regulations

P.C. 2010-478 2010-04-22

Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, pursuant to paragraph 35(1)(e)Footnote a and subsection 120(1) of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001Footnote b, hereby makes the annexed Fire and Boat Drills Regulations.

Interpretation

Marginal note:Definitions

 The following definitions apply in these Regulations.

certificated person

certificated person has the same meaning as in subsection 1(1) of the Marine Personnel Regulations. (personne brevetée)

fire alarm signal

fire alarm signal means the continuous sounding of a vessel’s fire alarm. (signal d’alarme-incendie)

fishing vessel

fishing vessel has the same meaning as in subsection 1(1) of the Marine Personnel Regulations. (bâtiment de pêche)

general emergency alarm signal

general emergency alarm signal means a succession of seven or more short blasts followed by one long blast on the whistle or siren of a vessel. (signal d’alarme générale en cas d’urgence)

marine evacuation system

marine evacuation system means an appliance for the rapid transfer of persons from the embarkation deck of a vessel to a floating survival craft. (dispositif d’évacuation en mer)

near coastal voyage, Class 1

near coastal voyage, Class 1 has the same meaning as in section 1 of the Vessel Safety Certificates Regulations. (voyage à proximité du littoral, classe 1)

rescue boat

rescue boat has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the Life Saving Equipment Regulations and, for greater certainty, includes an emergency boat that performs the same functions. (canot de secours)

sheltered waters voyage

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

survival craft

survival craft has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the Life Saving Equipment Regulations. (bateau de sauvetage)

unlimited voyage

unlimited voyage has the same meaning as in section 1 of the Vessel Safety Certificates Regulations. (voyage illimité)

Application

Marginal note:Application

  •  (1) These Regulations apply in respect of self-propelled Canadian vessels that

  • Marginal note:Exceptions

    (2) These Regulations do not apply in respect of

    • (a) fishing vessels of 150 gross tonnage or less;

    • (b) cable ferries; and

    • (c) vessels of 15 gross tonnage or less that carry 12 or fewer passengers.

Emergency Information

General

Marginal note:Muster lists

  •  (1) Subject to section 4, the master of a vessel shall ensure that, at all times, there is a muster list and, in the case of a vessel that is equipped with rescue boats, a rescue boat muster list.

  • Marginal note:Posting

    (2) The master of the vessel shall ensure that the lists required under subsection (1)

    • (a) are drawn up in either or both official languages, according to the needs of the crew; and

    • (b) are conspicuously posted throughout the vessel, including the navigation bridge, the engine room and the crew accommodations.

  • Marginal note:Separate document

    (3) The rescue boat muster list may be a document separate from the muster list or an addendum to it.

Marginal note:Exception

 The master of a vessel who has a means of informing crew members of the essential actions to be taken during an emergency is not required to ensure that there is a muster list or a rescue boat muster list if the vessel

  • (a) has a crew of fewer than three members and carries passengers; or

  • (b) has a crew of fewer than five members and does not carry passengers.

Marginal note:Illustrations and instructions

  •  (1) The master of a vessel shall, before the vessel embarks on a voyage, prepare and post illustrations and instructions that inform passengers of

    • (a) the alarm signals used to indicate emergencies;

    • (b) the essential actions to be taken during an emergency;

    • (c) the location of their designated muster stations; and

    • (d) the method of correctly donning a lifejacket.

  • Marginal note:Posting

    (2) The master of the vessel shall ensure that the illustrations and instructions required under subsection (1)

    • (a) are drawn up in both official languages; and

    • (b) are conspicuously posted in passenger staterooms, at muster stations and in other passenger spaces.

Marginal note:Updated information

 The master of a vessel shall

  • (a) ensure that any information that is posted on board the vessel in accordance with these Regulations is kept up to date and is legible; and

  • (b) revise or replace the muster list or rescue boat muster list if there is a change in the crew of the vessel.

Muster List

Marginal note:Contents

  •  (1) The master of a vessel shall ensure that a muster list contains the following information:

    • (a) a description of the general emergency alarm signal, the fire alarm signal and, if the vessel has one, the public address system;

    • (b) a description of how the order to abandon ship is given;

    • (c) an indication of the station at which each crew member is to report when the general emergency alarm signal or the fire alarm signal is sounded;

    • (d) a description of the specific duties assigned to each crew member and to be performed by the crew member when the general emergency alarm signal or the fire alarm signal is sounded, including

      • (i) closing the watertight doors, fire doors, valves, scuppers, side scuttles, skylights, portholes and other similar openings in the vessel,

      • (ii) equipping the survival craft and the other life saving appliances,

      • (iii) ensuring that the radio life saving equipment is placed on board the appropriate survival craft,

      • (iv) preparing and launching the survival craft,

      • (v) generally preparing the other life saving appliances,

      • (vi) mustering the passengers,

      • (vii) using the radiocommunication equipment,

      • (viii) performing the duties of fire parties, and

      • (ix) performing any special duties assigned in respect of the use of the fire fighting equipment and installations;

    • (e) the substitutes for key persons who may become disabled;

    • (f) the crew member responsible for each survival craft and, if applicable, that member’s second-in-command;

    • (g) the crew member assigned as principal communicator in accordance with section 267 of the Marine Personnel Regulations; and

    • (h) the crew members who are assigned to ensure that the life saving appliances and fire fighting equipment and installations are maintained in good condition and are ready for immediate use.

  • Marginal note:Additional contents

    (2) The master of a vessel that carries passengers shall ensure that, in addition to the information set out in subsection (1), the muster list contains the following information:

    • (a) a list of the actions to be taken by the passengers when the general emergency alarm signal or the fire alarm signal is sounded; and

    • (b) a description of the duties assigned to crew members and to be performed by them in relation to the passengers during an emergency, including

      • (i) warning the passengers of the emergency,

      • (ii) ensuring that the passengers are adequately dressed for protection against exposure and have donned their lifejackets correctly,

      • (iii) assembling the passengers at their designated muster stations,

      • (iv) locating and rescuing passengers who are trapped in their staterooms or who are otherwise unaccounted for during an emergency,

      • (v) keeping order in the passageways and on the stairways and generally controlling the movements of passengers, and

      • (vi) ensuring that a supply of blankets is taken to the survival craft.

  • SOR/2013-235, s. 31(E)

Marginal note:Additional requirements

 In preparing a muster list, the master of a vessel shall

  • (a) ensure that the number of certificated persons required to be on board and employed for each survival craft under Division 2 of Part 2 of the Marine Personnel Regulations are assigned to that survival craft;

  • (b) ensure that each available certificated person is assigned duties in connection with the preparation and launching of survival craft;

  • (c) in assigning members of the vessel’s crew to the crews of the survival craft, ensure an equitable distribution of certificated persons, deck officers and persons trained to assist others;

  • (d) if the vessel carries motorized survival craft, ensure that a person capable of operating the motor and carrying out minor adjustments to it is assigned to each motorized survival craft; and

  • (e) in selecting substitutes for key persons in case those persons become disabled, take into account that different emergencies may call for different actions.

Rescue Boat Muster List

Marginal note:Contents

  •  (1) The master of a vessel shall ensure that a rescue boat muster list contains the following information:

    • (a) a description of the signal that will be sounded to muster the rescue boat crew to its designated position;

    • (b) the members of the rescue boat crew who are to report to the designated position; and

    • (c) the duties to be performed by each member of the rescue boat crew when that signal is sounded.

  • Marginal note:Certificated persons

    (2) In preparing a rescue boat muster list, the master of the vessel shall ensure that the number of certificated persons required to be on board and employed for each rescue boat under section 209 of the Marine Personnel Regulations are assigned to that rescue boat.

Measures Respecting Vessels that Carry Passengers

Passenger Count and Details

Marginal note:Passenger count

 The master of a vessel that carries passengers shall, before the vessel embarks on a voyage, ensure that the following information is both communicated to him or her and recorded:

  • (a) the number of persons on board; and

  • (b) details respecting all persons who have declared a need for special care or assistance during an emergency.

Marginal note:Passenger details

  •  (1) The master of a vessel that carries passengers shall, before the vessel embarks on one of the following voyages, ensure that the name and gender of each person on board the vessel are recorded in a way that distinguishes between adults, children and infants:

    • (a) an unlimited voyage or a near coastal voyage, Class 1;

    • (b) a voyage longer than 12 hours; or

    • (c) a voyage on which there is at least one assigned passenger berth.

  • Marginal note:Records

    (2) The master of the vessel shall ensure that information recorded under this section is

    • (a) kept on shore in a manner that makes it readily available to search and rescue services; and

    • (b) updated if any passengers embark or disembark during the voyage.

  • Marginal note:Information privacy

    (3) Personal information recorded under this section may be used or disclosed only for search and rescue purposes.

  • Marginal note:Definitions

    (4) The following definitions apply in subsection (1).

    adult

    adult means a person who is 12 years of age or older. (adulte)

    child

    child means a person who is five years of age or older but under 12 years of age. (enfant)

    infant

    infant means a person who is under five years of age. (enfant en bas âge)

Marginal note:Missing passengers

 The master of a vessel that carries passengers shall ensure that procedures are in place for locating and rescuing passengers who are trapped in their staterooms or who are otherwise unaccounted for during an emergency.

Practice Musters and Safety Briefings

Marginal note:Practice muster

  •  (1) If passengers are scheduled to be on board a vessel for more than 24 hours, the master of the vessel shall ensure that a practice muster of the passengers and crew is held as soon as practicable but not later than 24 hours after the passengers embark.

  • Marginal note:Safety briefing

    (2) If passengers are scheduled to be on board a vessel for 24 hours or less and a practice muster is not held, the master of the vessel shall ensure that, immediately before or after the vessel embarks on a voyage, a safety briefing is given to the passengers informing them of the safety and emergency procedures that are relevant to the type and size of the vessel.

  • Marginal note:Requirements

    (3) The master of a vessel referred to in subsection (2) shall ensure that the safety briefing

    • (a) informs the passengers of the essential actions they must take during an emergency;

    • (b) specifies the location of lifejackets, survival craft and muster stations;

    • (c) informs the passengers in each area of the vessel of the location of the lifejackets and survival craft that are closest to them;

    • (d) instructs the passengers in the donning and use of their lifejackets;

    • (e) is given in either or both official languages, according to the needs of the passengers;

    • (f) is given on the vessel’s public address system if the vessel has one; and

    • (g) is given in a way that is likely to be understood by the passengers.

  • Marginal note:New passengers

    (4) If new passengers embark after a practice muster has been held on a vessel, the master of the vessel is not required to hold another practice muster if a safety briefing that meets the requirements of subsection (3) is given to the new passengers before the vessel continues on its voyage.

 
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