The Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and related regulations set out the requirements for safety and environmental protection for Canadian vessels and their operators. Learn about your rights and responsibilities under Canada’s shipping laws, including how to request exemptions and equivalencies or appeal a decision to detain a vessel.
On this page
- Compliance and enforcement
- Requesting an exemption or equivalency
- Appealing a detention order
- Contact the Marine Technical Review Board
- Related links
Compliance and enforcement
Compliance and enforcement of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and related regulations is set out in the marine safety compliance and enforcement policy.
A person, vessel or corporation subject to an administrative penalty under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 can request a review of the facts at the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada.
Requesting an exemption or equivalency
If you are unable to comply with a regulation, you can request an:
- exemption from non-safety requirements
- equivalency to safety requirements
- an equivalency will allow you to replace a regulatory requirement with an alternative that would result in the same or greater level of safety
An application must be for an individual Canadian vessel or for Canadian maritime documents issued to an individual seafarer.
To request an exemption or equivalency:
- Prepare a letter to the Transport Canada Center (TCC) in your region outlining your request for one of the following:
- evaluation of alternative arrangements for equivalency to a safety requirement for a Canadian vessel
- exemption from a non-safety requirement for a Canadian vessel
- exemption from a non-safety requirement for a Canadian seafarer’s certificate of competency
- Ensure that this letter contains:
- your name
- your contact details
- the subject of the request (the vessel or seafarer requiring the exemption or equivalency)
- the applicable regulatory provision
- the reason you are not able to comply with the requirement
- your proposed alternative if seeking an equivalency
- the reasons why safety and the marine environment will not be jeopardized by the proposed equivalency or a justification of the proposed exemption
- Send your letter by mail, fax or email using the contact information for your regional TCC found at the following link: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/regions.htm
- if your vessel is in the Delegated Statutory Inspection Program, send your letter to your recognized organization (RO); the RO will prepare and submit a request on your behalf to the MTRB Secretariat.
A Transport Canada marine safety inspector will contact you (or your RO) once your letter has been received to discuss the proposed exemption or equivalency. Questions related to your application can be addressed to the marine safety regional office closest to you.
Appealing a detention order
To request a review of a detention order:
- Prepare a letter to the Marine Technical Review Board that includes:
- your name
- your contact details
- the name of the vessel that was detained
- the name of the authorized representative of the vessel
- the details surrounding the issuance of the detention order, and the reasons for the review
- Send your letter by mail, fax or email using the Board’s contact information
Contact the Marine Technical Review Board
Marine Technical Review Board (MTRB) Secretariat (AMSD)
Marine Safety, Transport Canada
330 Sparks Street, 11th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N8