OTTAWA, Nov. 3, 2011 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced that under
new regulations, certain large passenger and cargo vessels will be
required to have voyage data recorders. Similar to an airplane's black
box, the equipment captures critical information to help investigations
into accidents at sea.
"The safety of vessels is a priority for our government and we are
committed to making continuous enhancements in marine safety," said
Minister Lebel. "Should an accident occur, information from a vessel's
voyage data recorder can be used to help investigators learn more
quickly and more thoroughly the cause and what can be done to help
prevent a reoccurrence."
The Voyage Data Recorder Regulations will require, as of January 1, 2012, that new passenger vessels of
500 gross tonnage or more and new cargo vessels of 3,000 gross tonnage
or more not engaged on an international voyage be fitted with voyage
data recorders. Owners of existing passenger vessels have until July 1,
2015, to install the equipment, depending on their inspection schedule.
The new safety measure addresses a Transportation Safety Board
recommendation highlighted in its Watchlist earlier this year.
The regulations also implement the voyage data recorder requirements
under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974 for Canadian vessels engaged on international voyages.
Transport Canada inspectors will monitor and enforce compliance with the
regulations, including mandatory use, maintenance and testing of voyage
data recorders, through regular inspections of Canadian vessels.
The Voyage Data Recorder Regulations were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on November 6, 2010. After allowing time for comments, the
regulations were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on October 12, 2011.
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Minister of Transport, Infrastructure
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