Delegated Statutory Inspection Program (DSIP) - Policy

Transport Publication - TP 13585 E

TP 13585 E (Online Manual)
Marine Safety Management System

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1 Policy Objective

1.1 This policy outlines the details of the Delegated Statutory Inspection Program, instituted pursuant to the agreement, signed between the Minister of Transport and Classification Societies, hereafter referred to as Recognized Organizations (ROs).

2 Policy Statement

2.1 The Minister of Transport has delegated statutory functions, for vessels enrolled in DSIP, to ROs through the signed Authorization and Agreement Governing the Delegation of Statutory Functions for Vessel Registered In Canada, hereafter referred to as the “Delegation Agreement”.

2.2 The RO shall fulfill its responsibilities as stipulated in the Delegation Agreement. Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS) will monitor the RO’s performance in fulfilling these responsibilities.

2.3 Participation in DSIP maintains marine safety while increasing efficiency and eliminating service duplication and aims to increase the effectiveness of vessel inspection and certification. The AR maintains its responsibilities under applicable Canadian legislation and International Conventions. TCMSS will monitor the AR’s performance in fulfilling these requirements, as well as the responsibilities detailed in the program.

2.4 TCMSS will monitor vessels enrolled in the program on a risk-based prioritization. The frequency and intensity of monitoring will be dependent upon several factors including the type and size of the vessel, the operation of the vessel, and the historical performance of the RO and AR.

2.5 The AR or authorized delegated operator shall inform TCMSS, of any changes to the vessel registry, operation, ownership or change in Classification Society that would affect the conditions under which the vessel was enrolled. TCMSS will consider whether the changes effect the enrolment of the vessel in the program.

2.6 The Regional Directors shall appoint a contact person for all matters pertaining to DSIP in each region. This person shall be referred to as the DSIP Liaison Officer (DSIPLO).

2.7 Passenger vessels enrolled in the program are encouraged to have a Safety Management Certificate to the ISM Code.

2.8 Consideration will be given to recognized classification society or international requirements in resolving discrepancies between these requirements and Canadian regulations, where an equivalent level of safety is provided. Replacement of regulatory requirements is subject to a decision of the Marine Technical Review Board in accordance with sections 26 to 28 of the Canada Shipping Act 2001. Non-regulatory discrepancies can be resolved through submissions to TCMS.

2.9 TCMS will monitor the performance of the RO and AR at various stages of a vessel’s life cycle. Monitoring may occur via the review of drawings for construction, onsite visits at construction facilities, while the vessel is in full operational status, or while the vessel is undergoing repairs. Inspectors will be guided by but not limited to, individual work instructions and practices that will provide more detail into each type of monitoring.

2.10 The Marine Safety and Security Executive must approve all requests for the removal of a vessel from DSIP.

3 Scope

3.1 Any existing Canadian registered vessel of 24 metres in length and above will be required to obtain their CMDs from a recognized classification society, unless exempted through the procedure outlined in RDIMS 8845087 Determining When the Minister of Transport Will Certify Vessels 24 Metre and Above. Vessels less than 24 metres may enrol in DSIP on a voluntary basis.

3.2 Any vessel that is being built to Class rules with a RO, with the intention to be registered in Canada shall be considered for enrolment in the program prior to or during construction.

3.3 Any foreign vessel that is in class with a RO and entering into Canadian Registry may also be considered for enrolment in the program during the registration process.

4 Authority

4.1 This policy was authorized by the Marine Safety Executive on January 13, 2014 and came into force January 13, 2014.

4.2 This is the fourth version of this policy, which was originally approved by MSE in December 2001.

5 Responsibility

5.1 The Executive Director, Domestic Vessel Regulatory Oversight and Boating Safety is responsible for maintaining this policy.

5.2 The Regional Directors are responsible for the implementation and promotion of this policy in their respective regions.

5.3 Comments or queries related to this policy and its application should be addressed to:


Manager, Flag State Inspection Standards
330 Sparks Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0N8
Phone: (613) 991-3142

6 Related Documents

6.1 Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and regulations

6.2 Authorization and Agreement Governing the Delegation of Statutory Functions for Vessel Registered In Canada

6.3 Publication - TP 13585 - Procedure - Delegated Statutory Inspection Program (DSIP) Enrolment Procedure

6.4 Publication – TP 13585 – Procedure – Delegated Statutory Inspection Program (DSIP) Monitoring Procedure

6.5 Tier III Work Instructions – DSIP WORK INSTRUCTIONS

7 Definitions

7.1 Recognized Organization (RO) is a classification society that has been delegated authority by the Minister of Transport to perform inspections or issue certificates on behalf of the Minister and under the authority of formal legal agreements.

7.2 Authorized Representative (AR) is the person meeting the requirements of Section 14 of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. In the case of a vessel in construction, or being imported into Canada, the AR is the person intending to operate the vessel once it is registered. (Please see Authorized Delegated Operator)

7.3 Authorized Delegated Operator is the person authorized by the registered AR to act as the signing authority under the DSIP in instances where the registered AR is not the operator of the vessel. This individual filling the AR role must have a letter from the registered AR authorizing them to act as the AR for the purposes of DSIP and will hereafter be referred to as the AR. The DSIP is intended to apply to operating Canadian vessels or vessels being constructed for operation under Canadian registry. Accordingly, the AR referred to under DSIP procedures is the AR of the entity operating the Canadian vessel or in the case of a vessel under construction, or being imported into Canada, the AR of the company intending to operate the vessel once it is registered. It does not include the AR of a vessel under construction (owned by the shipyard) or the AR of a vessel owned by a company that does not intend to operate the vessel. In cases where the Authorized Representative is listed in the Canadian Ship Registry as an entity not normally involved with operation of the vessel (e.g. a financial institution or bank), the person filling the AR role in the company that operates or intends to operate the vessel must have a letter from the AR listed on the Ship Registry file authorizing them to act in the capacity of AR for the purposes of DSIP.

8 Date of Application

8.1 The Marine Safety and Security Executive authorized this policy on January 13, 2014.

8.2 The original version of this policy was approved by MSE December 2001.

9 Date for Review

9.1 This policy is to be reviewed 12 months after the date of application and then at intervals not exceeding 3 years.

10 RDIMS Reference

10.1 The English version of this document is found under RDIMS reference number 4791297. The applied naming convention is PUBLICATION – TP 13585 – POLICY – DELEGATED STATUTORY INSPECTION PROGRAM (DSIP).

10.2 La version française du présent document est dans le SGDDI et porte le numéro de référence 5743961. La règle d’affectation des noms est PUBLICATION — TP 13585 — POLITIQUE – PROGRAMME DE DÉLÉGATION DES INSPECTIONS OBLIGATOIRES (PDIO).

11 Keywords

  • Delegated Statutory Inspection Program
  • Recognized Organisation
  • Authorized Representative