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Vessel construction and equipment regulations released

The regulations are in line with the International Maritime Organization standard.

January 4, 2024 | By MRO Magazine

The new Vessel Construction and Equipment Regulations, which apply to the construction and equipment of new vessels 24 metres or more in length (excluding fishing vessels and pleasure craft), have come into force, announced Minister of Transport, Pablo Rodriguez.

“We’re making it safer for all Canadians travelling and working at sea,” said Minister Rodriguez. “These important regulations coming into force go a long way to improve marine safety for passengers, vessel owners and operators.”

The regulations update and consolidate requirements that previously existed in various regulations under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, and the Canada Labour Code, into one set of regulations and add penalties for non-compliance.

The regulations are wide-ranging, setting updated requirements with respect to structural strength, stability, machinery, electrical systems, lifesaving equipment, and crew accommodations, as well as fire protection on vessels without mechanical means of propulsion.


These new regulations will ideally reduce logistical and administrative burdens for the shipping industry. They also bring Canada’s regulations in line with the International Maritime Organization standard.


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