Canada's new government announces new Marine Personnel Regulations

    OTTAWA, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced new regulations
that modernize the certification system for Canadian seafarers, and harmonize
their working conditions with international labour standards.
    "These regulations support Transport Canada's commitment to a marine
industry where the health and safety of Canadians are top priorities," said
Minister Cannon. "They are a result of our extensive consultations with the
marine industry."
    The Marine Personnel Regulations are a combination of existing and new
requirements and are divided into three parts:

    - Part one covers the requirements for individual certificates of
    - Part two covers the crewing requirements for vessels;
    - Part three covers the working conditions for crew, including the
      requirements of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006. It includes new
      requirements for seafarer recruitment and placement services, and the
      development of new onboard complaint procedures for seafarers.

    The regulations bring the certification system for seafarers in line with
the provisions of the new Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (CSA 2001) which, on
July 1, 2007, will replace the Canada Shipping Act (CSA) as the principal
legislation governing safety in marine transportation and recreational
boating, as well as protection of the marine environment. The new Act will
help the marine community operate in a manner that is safer, more efficient
and environmentally sound.
    The regulations, which replace the existing Marine Certification
Regulations and Crewing Regulations under the CSA, are also in line with
provisions of an international agreement to which Canada is a party, namely
the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and
Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention).

    The Marine Personnel Regulations were pre-published in the Canada
Gazette, Part I on November 18, 2006. A mandatory 60-day public comment period
followed, which ended on January 18, 2007. The regulations were published in
the Canada Gazette, Part II on June 2, 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 Subscribe to news
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