New regulations ensure safer practices for cargo vessels



    OTTAWA, June 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced new regulations
that ensure safer practices for Canadian vessels carrying cargo, and for
foreign vessels carrying cargo in Canadian waters.
    "These regulations support the commitment of Canada's New Government to a
marine industry where the health and safety of Canadians are top priorities,"
said Minister Cannon. "Benefits of the regulations will include improved
safety, a more harmonized application of the regulations, and a decreased risk
of cargo vessels from entering Canadian waters that are unsafe to load or
unload."

    The Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations include requirements for:
    

    - safe loading, unloading, and carriage of cargo for marine
      transportation;
    - safe fumigation practices aboard vessels; and
    - safe methods for using cargo gear, such as loading ramps and
      accommodation ladders.
    

    The regulations are a consolidation of existing regulations and
practices, and align themselves with international standards. They are the
result of extensive consultations with the marine industry. Based on
information received during the consultations, Transport Canada is confident
that the industry supports these regulations.
    As part of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (CSA 2001) regulatory reform
project, the regulations will help the marine community operate in a manner
that is safer, more efficient and environmentally sound. They apply to
Canadian-registered vessels everywhere and to foreign vessels in Canadian
waters.
    The Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations were published in the Canada
Gazette, Part I on December 23, 2006. A mandatory 60-day public comment period
followed, which ended on February 21, 2007. The regulations were published in
the Canada Gazette, Part II on June 27, 2007 and come into force at the same
time as the CSA 2001.




For further information:

For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary, Office of
the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa  (613)
991-0700; Kirsten Goodnough, Communications, Transport Canada, Ottawa  (613)
993-0055; Transport Canada is online at www.tc.gc.ca. Subscribe to news
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