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Small Vessel Regulations (SOR/2010-91)

Regulations are current to 2019-08-28 and last amended on 2018-05-16. Previous Versions

PART 4Passenger-Carrying Vessels of Not More than 15 Gross Tonnage that Carry Not More than 12 Passengers (continued)

Safety Equipment (continued)

Firefighting Equipment (continued)

  •  (1) A passenger-carrying vessel that is not more than 6 m in length and that has an enclosed engine space shall have provision for discharging a portable fire extinguisher directly into the engine space without the need to open the primary access to that space.

  • (2) The provision for direct discharge shall be marked in accordance with the construction standards to clearly indicate its firefighting purpose.

  • (3) The provision for direct discharge shall be capable of accommodating the discharge nozzle of the fire extinguisher and shall be arranged so that the fire extinguisher may be discharged in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • (4) If the passenger-carrying vessel is fitted with a fixed fire extinguishing system in accordance with section 741, a provision for direct discharge is not required.

 A portable fire extinguisher that is intended to be discharged directly into an enclosed engine space shall

  • (a) contain 1.2 kg of carbon dioxide per cubic metre of gross enclosed engine space volume or, if it does not contain carbon dioxide, contain a sufficient quantity of a clean agent to provide the same protection as carbon dioxide;

  • (b) if it contains carbon dioxide, be able to be completely discharged in not more than 60 seconds and if it contains a clean agent, in not more than 10 seconds; and

  • (c) be in addition to the portable fire extinguishers required by section 414.

  • SOR/2013-235, s. 33(E)

 A passenger-carrying vessel that is more than 6 m in length and that has provision for discharging a portable fire extinguisher directly into the engine space in accordance with paragraph 741(1)(b), instead of being fitted with a fixed fire extinguishing system in accordance with paragraph 741(1)(a), shall carry on board the portable fire extinguisher referred to in section 416.

  •  (1) A passenger-carrying vessel that is not more than 6 m in length shall be fitted with

    • (a) in each engine space, a heat detector that

      • (i) is hard-wired to a red visual alarm and to an audible alarm of at least 84 dB, both of which are to be located at the operating position,

      • (ii) has a green light indicating power at the detector, and

      • (iii) is powered by the vessel’s electrical system; and

    • (b) in each accommodation and service space, other than in low risk spaces such as washrooms and void spaces, a fire detector that

      • (i) is certified by a product certification body,

      • (ii) has a built-in audible alarm of at least 84 dB, and

      • (iii) may be powered with an internal battery.

  • (2) Paragraph (1)(a) does not apply in respect of a vessel in which the engine is enclosed in such a manner that a fire would be immediately apparent to a person at the operating position.

Equipment Stowage

 The equipment required by this Part shall be protected from damage and securely stowed and, if stowed in a locker or container, the outside of the locker or container shall be clearly marked to indicate its contents.

Emergency Procedures

 The owner and the operator of a passenger-carrying vessel shall ensure that

  • (a) procedures are established for the use of the vessel’s life-saving appliances and fire extinguishing equipment in case of an emergency; and

  • (b) the crew practises the procedures so as to be at all times proficient in carrying them out.

PART 5Workboats of Not More than 15 Gross Tonnage

Application

  •  (1) This Part applies in respect of a workboat of not more than 15 gross tonnage.

  • (2) Sections 502 to 521 do not apply in respect of a workboat that meets the safety equipment requirements of another country and that is

    • (a) registered in that country as having the right to fly the flag of that country; or

    • (b) licensed in that country and not principally maintained and operated in Canada.

General Requirements

  •  (1) A workboat shall be designed and equipped to operate safely in its area of operation.

  • (2) No person shall operate a workboat under circumstances that exceed its design limitations, if any.

 The owner of a workboat shall not operate or permit another person to operate the workboat unless, before it is first put into service, the owner has informed the Minister, in a form determined by the Minister, of

  • (a) the intention to operate the workboat or permit its operation;

  • (b) the physical characteristics of the workboat; and

  • (c) the nature of its operation.

 The owner of a workboat shall submit to the Minister, on request, information respecting the physical characteristics of the workboat and the nature of its operation.

Safety Equipment

First Aid Kit

 A workboat shall carry on board a first aid kit.

Life-Saving Appliances

Personal Life-Saving Appliances

 If a lifejacket that must be carried on board a workboat is to be worn by a person less than 16 years of age, it shall be inherently buoyant.

  •  (1) A workboat shall carry on board

    • (a) a lifejacket of an appropriate size for each person on board;

    • (b) a reboarding device, unless the vertical height that must be climbed in order to reboard the workboat is not more than 0.5 m; and

    • (c) for the length of workboat set out in column 1 of the table to this subsection, the additional personal life-saving appliances set out in column 2.

      table

      Column 1Column 2
      ItemLengthAdditional Personal Life-Saving Appliances
      1not more than 6 ma buoyant heaving line of not less than 15 m in length
      2more than 6 m but not more than 9 m
      • (a) a buoyant heaving line of not less than 15 m in length; or

      • (b) a lifebuoy attached to a buoyant line of not less than 15 m in length

      3more than 9 m but not more than 12 m
      • (a) a buoyant heaving line of not less than 15 m in length; and

      • (b) a lifebuoy attached to a buoyant line of not less than 15 m in length

      4more than 12 m
      • (a) a buoyant heaving line of not less than 15 m in length; and

      • (b) a lifebuoy that is equipped with a self-igniting light or attached to a buoyant line of not less than 15 m in length

  • (2) The buoyant heaving line set out in the table to subsection (1) shall be fitted at one end with a buoyant mass that will assist in carrying out the end of the line when the line is thrown.

Visual Signals
  •  (1) A workboat of a length set out in column 1 of the table to this subsection shall carry on board the visual signals set out in column 2.

    table

    Column 1Column 2
    ItemLengthVisual Signals
    1not more than 6 m
    • (a) a watertight flashlight; and

    • (b) three pyrotechnic distress signals other than smoke signals

    2more than 6 m but not more than 9 m
    • (a) a watertight flashlight; and

    • (b) six pyrotechnic distress signals other than smoke signals

    3more than 9 m
    • (a) a watertight flashlight; and

    • (b) twelve pyrotechnic distress signals, not more than six of which are smoke signals

  • (2) When operating within a recognized log booming ground, a tug that is not more than 6 m in length is not required to carry on board the visual signals set out in the table to subsection (1).

 
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