Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations (SOR/2012-69)

Regulations are current to 2019-06-20 and last amended on 2017-12-19. Previous Versions

PART 2Specific Provisions (continued)

DIVISION 1Oil (continued)

SUBDIVISION 4Discharges of Oil and Oily Mixtures

Marginal note:Application

 This Subdivision does not apply in respect of vessels in a shipping safety control zone or Canadian vessels in an area in respect of which subsection 7(1) applies.

Marginal note:Prohibition

 A Canadian vessel in waters that are not waters under Canadian jurisdiction, and a person on such a vessel, must not discharge oil or an oily mixture except in accordance with section 31 or in the circumstances set out in section 5 that apply in respect of the discharge.

Marginal note:Authorized discharge — Section I waters

  •  (1) For the purposes of section 187 of the Act, an oily mixture may be discharged from a vessel in Section I waters if

    • (a) the vessel is en route;

    • (b) none of the oily mixture

      • (i) originates in cargo pump room bilges, or

      • (ii) is mixed with oil cargo residues;

    • (c) the discharge is processed through oil filtering equipment that

      • (i) meets the requirements of regulation 14 of Annex I to MARPOL,

      • (ii) produces an undiluted effluent that has an oil content of not more than 15 ppm, and

      • (iii) triggers an alarm and a discharge-stopping device as soon as the oil content in the effluent exceeds

        • (A) 5 ppm, if the oily mixture is discharged in the inland waters of Canada, or

        • (B) 15 ppm, if the oily mixture is discharged in Section I waters that do not include the inland waters of Canada; and

    • (d) the discharge does not contain chemicals or any other substances introduced for the purpose of circumventing the detection of concentrations of oil that exceed the oil content limits specified in subparagraph (c)(iii).

  • Marginal note:Alarms

    (2) The alarm required for the purposes of clause (1)(c)(iii)(A) must meet the requirements of section 13 and the alarm required for the purposes of clause (1)(c)(iii)(B) must meet the requirements of regulation 14 of Annex I to MARPOL.

Marginal note:Authorized discharge — Section II waters and seaward

  •  (1) For the purposes of section 187 of the Act and section 29, an oily mixture may be discharged from a vessel in Section II waters or a Canadian vessel in waters that are not waters under Canadian jurisdiction if

    • (a) the vessel is en route;

    • (b) in the case of an oil tanker, none of the oily mixture

      • (i) originates in cargo pump room bilges, or

      • (ii) is mixed with oil cargo residues;

    • (c) the discharge is processed through oil filtering equipment that

      • (i) meets the requirements of regulation 14 of Annex I to MARPOL, and

      • (ii) produces an undiluted effluent that has an oil content of not more than 15 ppm; and

    • (d) the discharge does not contain chemicals or any other substances introduced for the purpose of circumventing the detection of concentrations of oil that exceed the oil content limit specified in subparagraph (c)(ii).

  • Marginal note:Authorized discharge from cargo spaces

    (2) For the purposes of section 187 of the Act and section 29, an oily mixture from cargo spaces may be discharged from a vessel in Section II waters or a Canadian vessel in waters that are not waters under Canadian jurisdiction if

    • (a) the vessel is en route;

    • (b) the vessel is more than 50 nautical miles from the nearest land;

    • (c) the instantaneous rate of discharge of the oil that is in the oily mixture does not exceed 30 L per nautical mile;

    • (d) the total quantity of oil discharged does not exceed

      • (i) 1/15,000 of the cargo of which the oily mixture forms part, in the case of a vessel that was put into service on or before December 31, 1979,

      • (ii) 1/30,000 of the cargo of which the oily mixture forms part, in the case of a vessel that is put into service after December 31, 1979, or

      • (iii) despite subparagraph (i), 1/30,000 of the cargo of which the oily mixture forms part, in the case of a Canadian vessel whose registration is transferred to the Register after February 15, 1993; and

    • (e) the oil discharge monitoring and control system is in operation and can stop the discharge of

      • (i) any effluent having an oil discharge rate greater than that allowed under paragraph (c), or

      • (ii) any oil in a quantity greater than that allowed under paragraph (d).

SUBDIVISION 5Transfer Operations

Marginal note:Application

  •  (1) This Subdivision applies in respect of vessels only when they are in waters under Canadian jurisdiction.

  • Marginal note:Non-application

    (2) Sections 33 and 37 and paragraphs 38(1)(b) to (d) and (f) to (j) do not apply in respect of oil tankers of less than 150 gross tonnage or other vessels of less than 400 gross tonnage.

  • Marginal note:Non-application

    (3) Sections 33, 34 and 37 and paragraphs 38(1)(b) to (d) and (g) to (i) do not apply in respect of an oil tanker without a master or crew and from which oil is being unloaded if the tanker is not attended by a vessel with a master or crew and the tanker is in a location that makes it infeasible to meet the requirements of those provisions.

  • Marginal note:Application in waters that are not Canadian waters

    (4) Despite subsection (1),

    • (a) paragraph 38(1)(l) also applies in respect of Canadian vessels in waters other than waters under Canadian jurisdiction; and

    • (b) section 39.1 also applies in respect of Canadian vessels in the territorial sea or the exclusive economic zone of a foreign state that is a party to MARPOL.

  • SOR/2013-68, s. 6

Marginal note:Communications

 If a vessel or a handling facility engages in a transfer operation, the vessel’s master and the operator of the facility must, before and during the transfer operation, have the means for two-way voice communication on a continuing basis that enables the supervisor on board the vessel and the supervisor at the facility or on board the other vessel

  • (a) to communicate immediately as the need arises; and

  • (b) to direct the immediate shutdown of the transfer operation in case of an emergency.

Marginal note:Lighting

  •  (1) If a vessel or a handling facility engages in a transfer operation between sunset and sunrise, the vessel’s master and the operator of the facility must ensure that illumination is provided that has

    • (a) a lighting intensity of not less than 54 lx at each transfer connection point of the vessel or facility; and

    • (b) a lighting intensity of not less than 11 lx at each transfer operation work area around each transfer connection point of the vessel or facility.

  • Marginal note:Measurement

    (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), lighting intensity is to be measured on a horizontal plane 1 m above the walking surface of the facility or the working deck of the vessel, as applicable.

Marginal note:Transfer conduits

  •  (1) A person must not use a transfer conduit in a transfer operation unless the conduit

    • (a) has a bursting pressure of not less than four times its maximum design pressure;

    • (b) is clearly marked with its maximum design pressure; and

    • (c) has successfully passed, during the year before its use, a hydrostatic test to a pressure equal to one and one-half times its maximum design pressure.

  • Marginal note:Test certificates

    (2) If a transfer conduit used in a transfer operation is part of a vessel’s equipment, the vessel’s master must keep on board the test certificate for the hydrostatic test.

  • Marginal note:Manufacturer’s specifications

    (3) The owner of a transfer conduit that is used in a transfer operation must ensure that the conduit is used, maintained, tested and replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.

  • Marginal note:Leaks

    (4) If a transfer conduit or a connection leaks during a transfer operation, the supervisor on board the vessel and the supervisor at the handling facility or on board the other vessel must, as soon as feasible, slow down or stop the operation to remove the pressure from the conduit or connection.

 
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