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

Regulations are current to 2020-10-05 and last amended on 2013-12-06. Previous Versions

Emergency Information (continued)

Muster List (continued)

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.

Marginal note:Duties of crew

 During a practice muster of passengers and crew, the crew members shall perform the duties assigned to them, including

  • (a) summoning the passengers to their designated muster stations;

  • (b) keeping order in passageways and on stairways and generally controlling the movements of the passengers as they proceed to their designated muster stations;

  • (c) assembling the passengers at their designated muster stations and ensuring that they are all accounted for;

  • (d) locating and rescuing passengers who are trapped in their staterooms or who are otherwise unaccounted for;

  • (e) instructing the passengers in dressing adequately for protection against exposure and in the donning and use of their lifejackets;

  • (f) ensuring that the passengers have donned their lifejackets correctly;

  • (g) ensuring that the passengers are made aware of how the order to abandon ship is given; and

  • (h) instructing the passengers in the actions that they must take during an emergency, including how to enter marine evacuation systems at the embarkation stations and board survival craft.

Means of Exit

Marginal note:Means of exit

  •  (1) The master of a vessel that carries passengers and is made fast at a dock for a purpose other than embarking or disembarking passengers shall, if there are passengers on board, ensure that the vessel is provided with more than one means of exit from the vessel.

  • Marginal note:Conditions

    (2) The means of exit shall be

    • (a) gangways with means of access from the various decks in the vessel; or

    • (b) other means of escape that allow the passengers to reach places of safety during an emergency if the vessel’s conditions of operation do not permit the use of more than one gangway.

Drills

General

Marginal note:Notification

 Before sounding a signal for the commencement of a drill, the master of a vessel shall ensure that all passengers are notified, in either or both official languages, according to their needs, that a drill will be held and that there is no actual emergency.

 
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