Transport Canada proposes amendments to Collision Regulations and Canal Regulations



    OTTAWA, Aug. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced proposed
amendments to the Collision Regulations and the Canal Regulations to ensure
consistency with the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (CSA 2001), which came into
effect on July 1, 2007.
    "These amendments are part of the bigger plan to modernize the Canada
Shipping Act and will help streamline and clarify regulations," said Minister
Cannon. "This is an example of how Canada's New Government is taking action to
help the marine community operate in a manner that is safe, efficient and
environmentally sound."
    On July 1, 2007, the CSA 2001 came into effect, replacing the Canada
Shipping Act as the principal legislation governing safety in marine
transportation and recreational boating, as well as protection of the marine
environment.
    More than 100 regulations needed to be reviewed and updated in order to
reflect CSA 2001 authorities. Phase one of the regulatory review process will
reform regulations that do not align with the CSA 2001, as well as those that
have the greatest impact on safety and the environment. Phase two will update
regulations that do align with CSA 2001, as well as those that are not
critical to the Act's entry into force.
    The proposed amendments to the Collision Regulations and the Canal
Regulations are part of the second phase of the CSA 2001 regulatory reform,
and are intended to replace and clarify some of the requirements in the
existing regulations.
    The Collision Regulations provide uniform measures to ensure the safe
conduct of vessels. The regulations describe rules of general conduct specific
to the navigational, steering and sailing rules; navigational lights and
shapes to be displayed; and the sound and light signals to be used by every
vessel and pleasure craft in Canadian waters.
    The proposed amendments to the Canal Regulations, made pursuant to the
Department of Transport Act, are non-substantive. They are proposed to ensure
consistency with the title of the Collision Regulations.
    The proposed amendments were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on
Saturday, August 11, 2007. A 30-day response period follows, during which
interested parties may provide their comments to the department. After
consideration of all comments received, Transport Canada will finalize the
amendments and publish them in the Canada Gazette, Part II, at which time they
will come into effect.
    If you would like more information about the CSA 2001, please visit the
Canadian Marine Advisory Council website at www.cmac-ccmc.gc.ca. A
backgrounder about the Act and how its supporting regulations apply to the
marine industry is also attached.

    
                                 Backgrounder
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                          CANADA SHIPPING ACT, 2001
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    The Canada Shipping Act, 2001 (CSA 2001) is an updated and streamlined
version of the Canada Shipping Act, which dates back more than 100 years. The
CSA 2001 came into force on July 1, 2007. It is the principal legislation that
governs the activities of Canadian vessels in all waters, and of all vessels
in Canadian waters.
    The Act applies to a marine transportation industry that is as diverse as
the country it serves - from pleasure craft to fishing vessels, from tugs and
barges to lakers and cruise ships.
    The CSA 2001 is the result of extensive consultations with a wide range of
marine stakeholders. It will help the marine community to operate in a manner
that is safer, more efficient, environmentally sound, and responsive to the
needs of Canadians in a global economy.
    Throughout the reform process, Transport Canada will maintain the highest
possible standards in the important area of marine safety.

    The CSA 2001 regulatory reform has evolved in two phases

    In order to give full effect to the CSA 2001, more than 100 regulations
needed to be reviewed and updated. The regulatory review process has two
phases:

    - Phase one includes the reform of those regulations that did not align
      with the CSA 2001 as well as those that have a great impact on safety
      and the environment.
    - Phase two will update regulations that do align with the CSA 2001, as
      well as those that are not critical to the Act's entry into force. Work
      on phase two regulatory reform began once the Act came into effect.

    Changes included in the Canada Shipping Act, 2001

    The Canada Shipping Act reform began in 1997 and evolved on two tracks.
    Track One resulted in Bill C-15, which revised provisions dealing with
ship ownership, registration, and mortgages. It also added a preamble to make
the Act's objectives easy to understand and its content easier to interpret.
Bill C-15 received Royal Assent in June 2001.
    Track Two resulted in Bill C-14, which received Royal Assent on
November 1, 2001 as the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. Now in force, its
provisions better protect and support crews, enhance passenger and vessel
safety, and better protect the marine environment.
    The Act itself has been simplified by:

    - including definitions only when the ordinary dictionary meaning has
      been narrowed or expanded;
    - removing technical details from the Act to simplify the legislative
      framework. They are placed in regulations, standards or other
      documents;
    - using language that is clearer and much easier to understand; and
    - moving all liability provisions to the Marine Liability Act.
    

    The CSA 2001 authorizes the development of supporting regulations that
clarify and improve existing vessel safety requirements, environmental
protection, and personnel certification and training.
    Key regulations under Phase one Regulatory Reform include:

    Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations

    Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations are being introduced to
provide an alternative to judicial methods of enforcement. While new to the
marine sector, they have been used in the aviation sector for some time.

    Marine Personnel Regulations

    Marine Personnel Regulations ensure that ship owners employ sufficient
crew for the safe operation of vessels. They also ensure that crews are
trained and certified to perform their duties and are able to manage and
operate vessels. Newly added to these regulations are the "Maritime Labour
Standards," which establish the labour working conditions on vessels.

    Environmental Response Regulations

    Environmental Response Regulations deal with the prevention of and
response to marine spills from vessels and oil handling facilities. Response
organizations will need to be certified to enter into agreements with vessels
and oil handling facilities. These facilities will be required to have
prevention and response plans in place.

    Prevention of Pollution from Ships and for Dangerous Chemicals
    Regulations

    Regulations for the Prevention of Pollution From Ships and for Dangerous
Chemicals are designed to eliminate the deliberate, negligent, or accidental
discharge of ship-source pollutants into the marine environment. They also
promote the safe operation of chemical tankers.

    Small Vessel Regulations

    Small Vessel Regulations, 2007 address the safety needs of pleasure craft
of all sizes as well as all other small non-pleasure craft up to 15 gross
tonnage that are not fishing vessels.

    Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations

    New Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations provide an enhanced level of
safety. They require fishing vessels to be built and outfitted for safety,
equipped for emergencies and manned by competent crews.

    You can learn more about the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 reform at the
Canadian Marine Advisory Council website at www.cmac-ccmc.gc.ca.




For further information:

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