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Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1486)

Regulations are current to 2021-04-05 and last amended on 2020-10-06. Previous Versions

PART IFishing Vessels Exceeding 15 Tons, Gross Tonnage (continued)

  • SOR/2016-163, s. 35(F)

Fire Extinguishing Equipment (continued)

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 21]

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 21]

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 21]

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 21]

Emergency Electrical Lighting

  •  (1) Every fishing vessel, other than one certified to operate only between sunrise and sunset, shall be fitted with permanent or portable lights capable of illuminating the launching stations and stowage positions of all life rafts, emergency boats, recovery boats or rescue boats for at least one hour.

  • (2) Where non-rechargeable battery-operated hand lanterns are provided pursuant to subsection (1), the batteries shall be changed annually.

  • SOR/81-199, s. 1
  • SOR/96-217, s. 3(F)
  • SOR/2016-163, ss. 22, 35(F)

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 23]

Electrical Equipment, Installations and Appliances

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (1.3), where the construction of a fishing vessel begins after April 27, 1996, the electrical equipment, installations and appliances on the fishing vessel shall be constructed in accordance with TP 127 as it reads on the day the construction begins.

  • (1.1) [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 24]

  • (1.2) Subject to subsection (1.3), any substantial reconstruction or modification of the electrical equipment, installations or appliances on a fishing vessel shall, insofar as it is practicable, bring the electrical equipment, installations or appliances into compliance with TP 127 as it reads on the day the reconstruction or modification begins.

  • (1.3) Where TP 127 does not set out a standard in respect of a particular piece of electrical equipment or a particular electrical installation or appliance, the electrical equipment, installation or appliance shall be safe and effectively fulfil the purpose for which it is intended.

  • SOR/81-199, s. 3
  • SOR/83-706, s. 1
  • SOR/96-217, s. 4
  • SOR/2016-163, ss. 24, 35(F)

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 25]

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 25]

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 25]

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 25]

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 25]

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 25]

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 25]

PART IIFishing Vessels Not Exceeding 15 Tons, Gross Tonnage

  • SOR/2016-163, s. 35(F)


 This Part applies in respect of a fishing vessel of not more than 15 gross tonnage.

  • SOR/2016-163, s. 26

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 26]

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 26]

 [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 26]

Precautions Against Fire

  •  (1) Every permanent fuel tank on a fishing vessel shall be

    • (a) bonded electrically to the fuel piping system and engine; and

    • (b) installed and maintained so as to prevent fuel leakage.

  • (2) to (5) [Repealed, SOR/2016-163, s. 27]

  • (6) Every inboard gasoline-fuelled engine on a fishing vessel shall

    • (a) be equipped to prevent fuel leakage into bilges or enclosed spaces;

    • (b) have a wire gauze-covered drip pan located below the carburetor;

    • (c) where the engine is located below deck or in an enclosure where fuel vapour will not readily dissipate, have an air intake arrangement that will arrest back-fire flame; and

    • (d) where the engine is located in a space required by subsection (8) to be mechanically ventilated, have a starting switch arrangement that will cause the ventilation fan to operate for a suitable period prior to engine ignition.

  • (7) Every space on a fishing vessel in which machinery is located shall be ventilated so that in all weather conditions where the engines and other fuel-burning appliances are operating at full power, an adequate supply of air is maintained to ensure the safety and comfort of the crew and the operation of the engines and appliances.

  • (8) A mechanical ventilation system shall be installed in a fishing vessel in accordance with subsection (9) in

    • (a) every space that is below deck and in which a gasoline-fuelled engine is located; and

    • (b) every other space, including bilges, in which gasoline fuel vapours may collect and may not readily dissipate.

  • (9) The mechanical ventilation system referred to in subsection (8) shall meet the following requirements:

    • (a) the system shall include both inlet and exhaust ducts;

    • (b) the exhaust duct opening shall be located in a low position in the space that permits the most efficient ventilation;

    • (c) the exhaust duct outlet shall lead to a location on the open deck where fumes may safely dissipate;

    • (d) the fan in the exhaust duct shall be spark proof; and

    • (e) where the fan motor is located in an area where ignitable vapours may be generated or collect, the fan motor shall be spark proof.

  • (10) An appliance that burns liquid or gas fuel shall be so installed that air circulates freely all around the appliance.

  • (11) Insulation to prevent combustion shall be placed between woodwork or other inflammable material and adjacent surfaces of engine exhaust piping, heating appliances or other components that may become heated.

  • SOR/89-283, s. 5
  • SOR/99-215, s. 6(E)
  • SOR/2016-163, ss. 27, 35(F)

 [Repealed, SOR/2000-37, s. 3]

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