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26 September 2009

Canada proposes better Marine Safety

Last Thursday, tThe federal government announced proposals to improve marine safety and security, with new international shipping requirements for tracking systems aboard vessels such as passenger vessels with 12+ passengers and cargo vessels of 300 gross tonnes taking international voyages. These long-range identification and tracking systems transmit identity and position to other countries. Canada would also be able to receive identification from foreign vessels navigating within 1,000 nautical miles of its shores. The International Maritime Organization has adopted long-range identification and tracking of vessels in order to protect marine environments and aid shipping security.

The Long-Range Identification and Tracking of Vessels Regulations were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on September 19, 2009. A 30-day public comment period follows, after which the regulations will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

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12 September 2009

All Boaters require an Operator Card by September 15

Starting September 15, boaters in Canada without a Pleasure Craft Operator Card could be fined $250. The new regulation applies to all Canadian boaters - there is no grandfather clause. Even someone driving a fishing boat with a small trolling motor must carry a card. To obtain an Operator Card, one must learn some boating safety basics and pass an exam – available online from - you can get a temporary card instantly if you pass. For more information see Transport Canada: Office of Boating Safety. The "card" is good for life. (Non-residents are exempt unless they boat in Canada for more than 45 days, or are using a boat registered in Canada.) {}