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Classed Ships Inspection Regulations, 1988



Registration 1989-04-28

Regulations Respecting the Inspection of Classed Ships

P.C. 1989-715 1989-04-28

Whereas, pursuant to section 384.1 of the Canada Shipping Act, as enacted by S.C. 1987, c. 7, s. 39, a copy of the proposed Classed Ships Inspection Regulations, 1988, substantially in the form set out hereto, was published in the Canada Gazette Part I on November 12, 1988 and a reasonable opportunity was thereby afforded to ship owners, masters, seamen and other interested persons to make representations with respect thereto.

Therefore, Her Excellency the Governor General in Council, on the recommendation of the Minister of Transport, pursuant to subsections 319(4)Footnote * and (5)Footnote * of the Canada Shipping Act, is please hereby to revoke the Inspection of Classed Ships Regulations, C.R.C., c. 1434, and to make the annexed Regulations respecting the inspection of classed ships in substitution therefor.

Short Title

 These Regulations may be cited as the Classed Ships Inspection Regulations, 1988.


 In these Regulations,


Act means the Canada Shipping Act; (Loi)


classed or in class, in respect of a ship, means a ship registered in Canada that meets the standards of a classification society and is classified by that classification society; (classé ou conforme à une classe)

classification society

classification society means a society or association for the classification of ships that is referred to in section 4; (société de classification)

date of completion of the initial construction

date of completion of the initial construction, in respect of a ship, means the date on which a ship is delivered by the builder to the first owner of the ship; (date d’achèvement de la construction initiale)

dry cargo ship

dry cargo ship means a cargo ship in which the greater part of the cargo space is constructed for the carriage of non-liquid cargo in bulk; (transporteur de marchandises sèches)

first inspection

first inspection, in respect of a ship, means a survey or inspection of a ship before the ship is first put into service in Canada, and includes a survey or inspection required as a result of

  • (a) the ship being transferred from registry elsewhere than in Canada to Canadian registry, or

  • (b) any alteration or renewal of the ship that alters substantially the principal dimensions or deadweight of the ship; (première inspection)


non-conventional, in respect of a ship, means a ship that

  • (a) is constructed of materials,

  • (b) uses fuels,

  • (c) has been constructed by means or by the use of design techniques, or

  • (d) has machinery installations,

that are unproved in general marine use and practice; (non conventionnel)


report means the report referred to in subsection 319(4) of the Act. (rapport)

  • SOR/92-457, s. 1


  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), these Regulations apply in respect of the following classes of steamships:

    • (a) dry cargo ships that are

      • (i) classed ships,

      • (ii) of 150 tons gross tonnage or more, and

      • (iii) certificated for voyages not exceeding the limits of an inland waters voyage; and

    • (b) tugs that are

      • (i) classed ships, and

      • (ii) of 150 tons gross tonnage or more.

  • (2) These Regulations do not apply in respect of a ship referred to in subsection (1) that is

    • (a) a Safety Convention ship;

    • (b) a ship engaged in any voyage to or within an Arctic Shipping Safety Control Zone as set out in the Shipping Safety Control Zones Order;

    • (c) a passenger ship;

    • (d) a non-conventional ship;

    • (e) an off-shore supply vessel; or

    • (f) a fishing vessel.

 For the purposes of these Regulations, the following classification societies are recognized:

  • (a) American Bureau of Shipping;

  • (b) Lloyd’s Register of Shipping; and

  • (c) Bureau Veritas (Canada).

  • SOR/92-457, s. 2
  • SOR/2002-427, s. 1

Classification Society Surveys or Inspections

  •  (1) A survey or inspection of the hull, machinery and anchor equipment of a ship, other than a first inspection, that is made at a place in Canada by an exclusive surveyor to a classification society is deemed to be made by a steamship inspector.

  • (2) A survey or inspection referred to in subsection (1) shall consist of a survey or inspection of all of the items set out in the schedule, to verify that each item is sufficient for the service intended and in good condition.

  • SOR/92-457, s. 3

Reports of Exclusive Surveyors to a Classification Society

 A report may be accepted by the Chairman or a steamship inspector if

  • (a) the owner of a ship or a representative of the owner has given written notice to the Chairman of an intention to have the ship surveyed or inspected by an exclusive surveyor to a classification society, during a period of not less than five years after the date of the notice;

  • (b) the ship is in class and the results of the most recent survey made by a classification society for the purpose of classification of the ship are provided with the notice referred to in paragraph (a);

  • (c) all remedial action that is required as a result of a survey referred to in paragraph (b) has been taken and the relevant classification society provides a written statement that the ship is recommended for retention in class, which statement shall accompany the notice referred to in paragraph (a);

  • (d) where a ship has been suspended, withheld or withdrawn from class during the period referred to in paragraph (a), a five year period beginning on the date of the suspension, withholding or withdrawal from class has expired;

  • (e) in the report, the exclusive surveyor to the classification society certifies in writing that

    • (i) the survey or inspection of the hull, machinery and anchor equipment was carried out in accordance with the Act and any regulations made under the Act respecting inspection by a steamship inspector,

    • (ii) the exclusive surveyor recommends that the ship be retained in class, and

    • (iii) in the opinion of the exclusive surveyor, the hull, machinery and anchor equipment of the ship are

      • (A) sufficient for the service intended and in good condition, and

      • (B) constructed, arranged and fitted in accordance with the regulations made under Part VIII of the Act;

  • (f) in respect of the ship, the classification society on whose behalf the report is made maintains a complete ship inspection record file and provides the Chairman with the record file for examination on request; and

  • (g) the report is in the English or French language.

  • SOR/92-457, s. 4

Survey or Inspection Periods

 For the purposes of these Regulations, the longer period referred to in paragraph 316(2)(b) of the Act for surveys or inspections of the hull, machinery and anchor equipment of a ship is

  • (a) 25 years after the date of completion of the initial construction, in the case of a dry cargo ship or tug that is certificated for voyages not exceeding the limits of an inland voyage; or

  • (b) 20 years after the date of completion of the initial construction, in the case of a tug that is certificated for voyages outside the limits of an inland voyage.

  • SOR/92-457, s. 5

Validity of Certificates

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2) and section 9, an inspection certificate issued in respect of a ship by the Chairman or by a steamship inspector ceases to be valid where

    • (a) all of the survey or inspection data on which the report is based is not given to the Chairman within 30 days after the completion of the survey or inspection;

    • (b) the ship is suspended, withheld or withdrawn from class;

    • (c) the classification society referred to in paragraph 6(f) has failed to comply with that paragraph;

    • (d) the ship is transferred from one classification society to another; or

    • (e) the owner or master of the ship fails to comply with subsection 377(1) of the Act.

  • (2) A certificate referred to in subsection (1) remains valid in the circumstances set out in paragraphs (1)(a) to (e) until the Chairman gives to the owner of the ship a written notice setting out the reasons why the certificate is no longer valid.

  • SOR/92-457, s. 6

 On transfer of a ship from one classification society to another, the certificate referred to in subsection 8(1) ceases to be valid unless

  • (a) immediately after the transfer, a survey or inspection is made of the ship by the other classification society of the items referred to in subsection 5(2), in the presence of a steamship inspector; and

  • (b) the ship is brought in class by the other classification society.

SCHEDULE(subsection 5(2))

Scope of Surveys or Inspections



  • (a) welding, riveting and other fastenings, including non-destructive testing;

  • (b) hydro-static testing of tanks, boilers, pressure vessels and piping systems;

  • (c) independent fuel or other tanks, and supports;

  • (d) pollution prevention equipment and systems;

  • (e) remote and local controls for inspected hull, machinery and anchor equipment;

  • (f) dock and sea trials, other than first inspection;

  • (g) fuelling hoses;

  • (h) pressure relief valves and settings;

  • (i) LNG or LPG domestic heating or cooking systems;

  • (j) cargo handling and lifting gear.



  • (a) hull structure;

  • (b) underwater portions of hull, rudder and appendages;

  • (c) sea chests and shipside valves;

  • (d) preservation of structural fire protection integrity;

  • (e) structural, watertight, gastight and oiltight integrity of boundaries and closing arrangements;

  • (f) all closing arrangements;

  • (g) fixed permanent ballast or buoyant material installations;

  • (h) draft marks and loadlines;

  • (i) load testing of lifting appliances, including boat davits;

  • (j) foundations and seatings for equipment and machinery;

  • (k) bulwarks, guardrails and freeing port arrangements;

  • (l) fixed and portable cargo stowage arrangements;

  • (m) ventilation fire dampers and control systems;

  • (n) significant additions or relocations of weights on board relative to ship’s lightship condition;

  • (o) hatch covers;

  • (p) structural material test certification.



  • (a) fired and unfired pressure vessels, including mountings;

  • (b) steam reciprocating engines;

  • (c) steam and gas turbine engines;

  • (d) internal combustion engines, including crankcase relief valves;

  • (e) reduction and reversing gearing;

  • (f) thrust and intermediate shafts and bearings;

  • (g) propellers, propeller shafts and bearings;

  • (h) steering gear, including associated apparatus, controls and power sources;

  • (i) heat exchangers, including condensers;

  • (j) essential pumps and compressors;

  • (k) automated or remote-controlled and remote-monitored machinery installations;

  • (l) operating machinery for shipside doors, ramp machinery and hatch covers;

  • (m) pumps and compressors;

  • (n) hydraulic systems, including pumps and accumulators;

  • (o) steam and de-icing systems;

  • (p) boiler feed water, condensate and oil fuel systems;

  • (q) safety and relief valve settings and exhaust arrangements;

  • (r) machinery cooling systems, including keel coolers;

  • (s) compressed air systems;

  • (t) oil fuel and lubricating oil purification systems;

  • (u) refrigeration and air conditioning machinery;

  • (v) thermal fluid heating systems;

  • (w) tank vents and overflow systems;

  • (x) tank sounding systems;

  • (y) bilge and ballast systems;

  • (z) piping, valves and fittings, including gauges, reducing valves, safety valves and deck and bulkhead penetrations;

  • (z.1) piping supports, hangers and restraints;

  • (z.2) combustion exhaust systems, including insulation;

  • (z.3) pipe lagging and insulation.



  • (a) generators and motors;

  • (b) storage battery installations;

  • (c) transformers;

  • (d) switchboards and associated apparatus, including circuit breakers, switches, overcurrent device settings, instruments and internal fittings;

  • (e) propulsion control and bus-transfer switchgear;

  • (f) paralleling of generators;

  • (g) insulation testing;

  • (h) automatic switchgear;

  • (i) motor circuits and controlers;

  • (j) submersible motor-driven fire and bilge pumps;

  • (k) steering gear circuits and alarms;

  • (l) emergency telephone systems;

  • (m) general lighting systems, including emergency lighting;

  • (n) electrical heaters, including bulkhead reheat fan-type and oil immersion heaters;

  • (o) cables, including junction and outlet boxes;

  • (p) galley and cooking equipment;

  • (q) engine order telegraphs, revolution indicators and rudder-angle indicators;

  • (r) electrical power-operated lifeboat winches;

  • (s) electrical control systems for watertight and firetight doors;

  • (t) open cable splices;

  • (u) shore connection boxes;

  • (v) public address, fire detection and alarm system installations;

  • (w) electrical systems for navigational lights, sound signals, navigational appliances and associated apparatus and ship radio stations.



  • (a) anchors, cables, stoppers and bitter end;

  • (b) bollards and fairleads;

  • (c) capstan and windlass;

  • (d) mooring, towing and berthing winches;

  • (e) towing gear.

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