Baird introduces proposed new regulations for small vessels



    OTTAWA, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird,
today introduced proposed new Small Vessel Regulations to better regulate the
safety of small vessels and improve public safety.
    The proposed regulations include new requirements to enhance current
safety equipment, vessel construction and some operational requirements for
pleasure craft and small commercial vessels. They also introduce renewable
pleasure craft licences in order to improve the accuracy of licence
information for search and rescue purposes.
    "The goal of these regulations is to reduce fatalities, injuries, and
property damage resulting from small vessel accidents and incidents in
Canada," said Minister Baird.

    
    The Small Vessel Regulations are being updated in order to:

    - better reflect the nature of the small vessel fleet in Canada;
    - ensure consistency with international standards;
    - incorporate new requirements to enhance safety; and
    - provide alternatives for the construction and stability of small
      vessels.
    

    New processes for certification of small vessel construction will now be
simplified and more consistent with those of the United States and Europe.
This will give more flexibility to manufacturers to adjust their production
with market demand. The proposed regulations also harmonize the construction
requirements for pleasure craft and non-pleasure vessels of up to 6 metres in
length.
    These regulatory changes are in line with the objectives of the Canada
Shipping Act, 2001 which include protection of the health and well-being of
individuals; promotion of safety in marine transportation and recreational
boating; and encouragement of viable, effective and economical marine
transportation, commerce, and recreational boating.
    The proposed regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I
on April 25, 2009. A 30-day comment period follows, during which interested
parties may provide their views to Transport Canada. After consideration of
all comments received, Transport Canada will make any necessary changes before
final approval and publication in the Canada Gazette, Part II, at which time
the regulations will come into force.




For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of
Transport, Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700; Media Relations:
Transport Canada, Ottawa, (613) 993-0055; Transport Canada is online at
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