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Life Saving Equipment Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1436)

Regulations are current to 2024-05-01 and last amended on 2023-12-20. Previous Versions

PART IIIOperational Requirements and Equipment Standards (continued)

Maintenance, Servicing and Training (continued)

  •  (1) Every ship shall carry training manuals that explain how to use the ship’s life saving equipment.

  • (2) The training manuals shall be

    • (a) drafted in easily understood terms; and

    • (b) made available

      • (i) in English and French, and

      • (ii) in sufficient numbers to provide easy access to all crew members.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34
  •  (1) The owner of a service station that services inflatable survival equipment shall ensure that the equipment is serviced in accordance with the annex to International Maritime Organization Resolution A.761(18), Recommendation on conditions for the approval of servicing stations for inflatable liferafts, as amended from time to time.

  • (2) For the purpose of interpreting the annex referred to in subsection (1), “should” is to be read as “must” and any recommendation or suggestion is to be read as an obligation.

  •  (1) The authorized representative of a ship shall ensure that the ship’s inflatable survival equipment is serviced annually.

  • (2) Despite subsection (1), the interval between servicing may be two years if

    • (a) the ship on which the inflatable survival equipment is carried

      • (i) is not a Safety Convention ship,

      • (ii) operates for less than seven months per year, and

      • (iii) operates only during months in which the monthly historical average daily minimum air temperature is greater than 0°C according to the climate data compiled by the Department of the Environment from the weather station nearest to the ship’s area of operation;

    • (b) fewer than 15 years have elapsed since the day on which the inflatable survival equipment was manufactured;

    • (c) the validity period of the most recent hydrostatic test of the gas cylinders of the inflatable survival equipment will not expire before the next servicing; and

    • (d) the inflatable survival equipment is stored in a dry location during the months in which the ship is not in operation.

  • (3) Despite subsection (1), the interval between servicing may be 30 months for inflatable survival equipment that is type approved in accordance with International Maritime Organization Circular MSC.1/Circ.1328, Guidelines for the Approval of Inflatable Liferafts Subject to Extended Service Intervals Not Exceeding 30 Months, as amended from time to time.

  • (4) For the purposes of subsection (3), on a ship that is not a Safety Convention ship, the annual onboard inspection by inspection personnel that is required in the circular may be performed by a qualified crew member if the equipment is provided with manufacturer guidance on how to perform the inspection.

 [Repealed, SOR/2023-257, s. 486]

Equipment Requiring Board Approval

  •  (1) Life saving equipment that is carried on a ship and is set out in column I of an item of the table to this section shall

    • (a) meet the requirements set out in the Schedule to these Regulations or the Standard, as amended from time to time, set out in column II of that item; and

    • (b) be approved as having met the requirements referred to in paragraph (a).

      TABLE

      Column IColumn II
      ItemLife Saving EquipmentSchedule or Standard
      0.1Class 1 lifeboatsSchedule V
      0.2Class 2 lifeboatsSchedule V
      0.3Approved boatsSchedule XV
      0.4Suitable boatsSchedule XV
      1LifeboatsLSA Code, TP 14475 and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70)
      2Emergency boatsTP 14475
      3Rescue boatsLSA Code, TP 14475 and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70)
      4Life raftsLSA Code, TP 14475 and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70)
      5Inflatable rescue platformsTP 14475
      6Marine evacuation systemsLSA Code, TP 14475 and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70)
      7LifebuoysLSA Code, TP 14475 and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70)
      8Self-igniting lightsLSA Code, TP 14475 and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70)
      9Self-activating smoke signalsLSA Code and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70)
      10[Repealed, SOR/2023-257, s. 478]
      11Pyrotechnic distress signalsLSA Code, TP 14475 and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70)
      12Lifejackets (Safety Convention ships)LSA Code and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70)
      13Lifejackets (ships that are not Safety Convention ships)
      • (1) LSA Code, TP 14475 and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70); or

      • (2) Canadian General Standards Board standard CAN/CGSB-65.7, Life Jackets, in respect of Class 1 lifejackets

      14[Repealed, SOR/2006-256, s. 10]
      15Personal locator lightsLSA Code and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70)
      16Line-throwing appliancesLSA Code and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70)
      17Immersion suits
      • (1) LSA Code, TP 14475 and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70), for immersion suits made of a material with inherent insulation and designed to be worn without a lifejacket;

      • (2) Canadian General Standards Board standard CAN/CGSB-65.16-2005, Immersion Suit Systems; or

      • (3) Underwriters Laboratories standards ANSI/CAN/UL 15027-2, Standard for Immersion Suits - Part 2: Abandonment Suits, Requirements Including Safety, and ANSI/CAN/UL 15027-3, Standard for Immersion Suits - Part 3: Test Methods

      18Thermal protective aidsLSA Code, TP 14475 and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70)
      19Marine anti-exposure work suits
      • (1) LSA Code, TP 14475 and IMO Resolution MSC.81(70); or

      • (2) Canadian General Standards Board standard CAN/CGSB-65.7, Life Jackets, in respect of Class 1 or Class 2 lifejackets that provide Category IV thermal protection

  • (2) and (3) [Repealed, SOR/2001-179, s. 45]

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34
  • SOR/2001-179, s. 45
  • SOR/2002-122, ss. 3 to 6
  • SOR/2004-26, s. 27
  • SOR/2004-253, s. 3(F)
  • SOR/2006-256, s. 10
  • SOR/2023-257, s. 478

Buoyant Apparatus

  •  (1) Every buoyant apparatus carried on a ship shall bear a label of the United States Coast Guard indicating that the apparatus meets the requirements of subpart 160.010 of Title 46, Volume 6, of the Code of Federal Regulations of the United States.

  • (2) Every marking on a buoyant apparatus carried on a ship shall be in English and French. This requirement does not apply in respect of the label required by subsection (1).

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34
  • SOR/2001-179, s. 46
  • SOR/2006-256, s. 11
  • SOR/2013-235, s. 7

Pyrotechnic Distress Signals

 Every pyrotechnic distress signal carried on a ship shall be withdrawn from service at the latest four years after its date of manufacture.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34

Survival Craft VHF Radiotelephone Apparatus

SARTs

Class II EPIRBs

 [Repealed, SOR/2023-257, s. 479]

Lifejackets

 Every lifejacket carried on a ship shall be readily accessible for immediate use and stowed in a location that is conspicuously marked.

  • SOR/2004-26, s. 28

Signs

  •  (1) Signs that indicate the location of survival craft, launching devices, emergency equipment, muster stations or embarkation stations and that provide directions to muster or embarkation stations shall

    • (a) be clearly visible under emergency lighting conditions; and

    • (b) use

      • (i) in the case of an existing ship, words in English and French or symbols; and

      • (ii) in the case of a new ship, symbols.

  • (2) Symbols shall be those set out in International Maritime Organization Resolution A.760(18), adopted on November 4, 1993 and entitled Symbols Related to Life-Saving Appliances and Arrangements, as amended from time to time.

  • (3) Where symbols referred to in subsection (2) require the use of words, the words shall be in English and French.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34
  • SOR/2004-26, s. 29

Launching Devices

 Launching devices shall meet the requirements set out

  • (a) in the case of an existing ship,

    • (i) in Part I of Schedule IX, or

    • (ii) in the LSA Code and TP 14475; and

  • (b) in the case of a new ship, in the LSA Code and TP 14475.

Securing and Packing of Lifeboat, Rescue Boat and Emergency Boat Equipment

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), all equipment that is carried on a lifeboat, rescue boat or emergency boat shall be

    • (a) secured in the boat by lashings, stowed in lockers or compartments or secured to brackets or other similar mountings;

    • (b) secured so that it does not interfere with procedures for abandoning ship; and

    • (c) packed in as light and compact a form as is practicable.

  • (2) So that they are readily available for immediate use in fending off, boat-hooks shall not be secured.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34

Lifebuoys and Lifebuoy Equipment

  •  (1) Lifebuoys and lifebuoy equipment shall meet the requirements of Schedule XIV.

  • (2) Every lifebuoy carried on a ship shall be marked, in letters that are in a colour that contrasts with that of the lifebuoy and are not less than 100 mm in height, with the ship’s name and port of registry.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34

Means of Embarkation into Survival Craft

 Means of embarkation into survival craft shall meet the requirements set out in Schedule VI.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34

Muster Stations and Embarkation Stations

 Every new ship that is a passenger ship shall have muster stations that

  • (a) are in the vicinity of, and permit ready access by passengers to, the embarkation stations; and

  • (b) subject to section 135, provide a clear area of at least 1 m2 for every four passengers assigned to that station for marshalling and instruction.

  • SOR/96-218, s. 34
 

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