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Steering Appliances and Equipment Regulations (SOR/83-810)

Regulations are current to 2023-11-14 and last amended on 2020-10-06. Previous Versions

Steering Appliances and Equipment Regulations




Registration 1983-10-13

Regulations Respecting Steering Appliances and Equipment

P.C. 1983-3208 1983-10-13

His Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Transport, pursuant to section 448 of the Canada Shipping Act, is pleased hereby to revoke the Steering Wheels, Indicators and Telltales Regulations, C.R.C., c. 1493, and, pursuant to sections 400, 448, 635 and 730Footnote * of the Canada Shipping Act and section 12 of the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act, to make the annexed Regulations respecting steering appliances and equipment.

Short Title

 These Regulations may be cited as the Steering Appliances and Equipment Regulations.


  •  (1) These Regulations apply to

    • (a) every self-propelled ship that is

    • (b) every self-propelled Canadian ship that is in any waters.

  • (2) For the purpose of these Regulations, a composite unit consisting of a rigidly connected unit of a pushing ship and associated pushed ship that is designed as a dedicated and integrated ship and barge combination shall be regarded as a single ship.

  • SOR/86-1027, s. 1
  • SOR/2002-426, s. 1


 No ship of any class shall navigate in an area of arctic waters prescribed as a shipping safety control zone in the Shipping Safety Control Zones Order unless it complies with these Regulations.

  • SOR/2002-426, s. 2
  • SOR/2003-86, s. 1

Steering Wheels

 The steering wheel of a ship shall be arranged so that it will move to starboard to turn the head of the ship to starboard and to port to turn the head of the ship to port.

Helm Indicators and Tell-tales

 Where helm indicators or tell-tales are fitted on a ship, they shall be arranged so as to show the direction and amount of helm applied and the corresponding movement of the rudder.

Tankers and Chemical and Gas Carriers

 Every tanker, chemical carrier or gas carrier of 10,000 tons or more shall be fitted with

  • (a) an indicator that shows the exact angular position of the rudder independently of the remote steering gear control system;

  • (b) alarms that sound in the event of the failure of any steering power unit;

  • (c) steering gear power units that can be brought into operation automatically or manually from the navigating bridge; and

  • (d) a means of communication between the navigating bridge and the steering gear compartment that is suitable for use in the normal ambient noise conditions and capable of being operated independently of the ship’s main power supply.

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Responsibility of Owners and Masters

 The owner of every ship to which sections 3 to 5 apply shall ensure that those sections are complied with.


  •  (1) Where, in respect of a ship to which the International Convention for Safety of Life at Sea signed at London, England on the first day of November, 1974 applies, the owner of the ship or his authorized representative requests authority to substitute equipment or a method, measure or standard that does not meet the requirements of these Regulations and sets out the reasons therefor and the details of the substitution, the Chairman may, if he considers the equipment, method, measure or standard, as the case may be, at least equivalent to that required by compliance with these Regulations, authorize such substitution.

  • (2) Where an owner or a representative referred to in subsection (1) is authorized to make a substitution pursuant to that subsection, the owner or representative shall be deemed in respect of that substitution to have complied with the provision of these Regulations to which the substitution refers.


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