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Navigation Safety Regulations, 2020

Version of section 209 from 2020-10-06 to 2021-06-22:

Marginal note:Float-free EPIRB

  •  (1) A vessel must be fitted with a float-free EPIRB if

    • (a) the vessel is engaged on a near coastal voyage, Class 1 or an unlimited voyage; or

    • (b) the vessel is on a near coastal voyage, Class 2 and is more than 12 m in length.

  • Marginal note:Float-free EPIRB — location

    (2) The float-free EPIRB must be fitted on board a vessel such that it would allow the EPIRB to

    • (a) float free should the vessel sink;

    • (b) be readily accessible near the position from which the vessel is normally navigated, unless it can be activated by remote control from that position; and

    • (c) be manually released and carried into a survival craft.

  • Marginal note:EPIRB or other equipment

    (3) A vessel that is 12 m or less in length and engaged on a near coastal voyage, Class 2 on the waters of the sea coasts of Canada, the waters of the Great Lakes, their connecting and tributary waters or the waters of the St. Lawrence River must be equipped with

    • (a) a float-free EPIRB;

    • (b) a manually activated EPIRB;

    • (c) a PLB; or

    • (d) in the case of a vessel that is less than 8 m in length and that operates exclusively in sea area A1, a waterproof portable VHF handheld radio capable of DSC.

  • Marginal note:Manual EPIRB or other equipment — location

    (4) A manually activated EPIRB, a PLB or a portable VHF handheld radio capable of DSC must be worn by the person in charge of the navigational watch or, if that is not practicable, stowed so that it is readily accessible for immediate use in the event of abandonment of the vessel.

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