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This document is a guide only. It does not replace the applicable regulations, standards, advisory materials or other guidance documents. It is not meant to be, nor should it be seen as, a substitute for the expertise of marine surveyors, consultants or those who modify, repair or maintain the types of vessels covered in this guide.

The information it contains has been updated to reflect changes brought about by the entry into force, in July 2007, of the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and the requirements as of time of printing of new and amended regulations.

The guide explains many of the requirements for small vessels, but because laws and regulations can change over time, the information in this guide may not be current. If in doubt about the status of the information presented or how it affects your vessel, check the Transport Canada Marine Safety website ( to determine the laws and regulations that apply. If you are still not sure, contact your local Transport Canada Centre (see Appendix 2).

For the purposes of interpretation and application of the specific Acts and regulations, please consult the Department of Justice website (

No liability is assumed with respect to the use of information contained herein. Laws may be amended or court rulings made that could affect a particular procedure, issue, or interpretation. The Government of Canada assumes neither responsibility for errors and omissions nor any liability for damages resulting from the use of information contained in this document. Determination of the laws that apply can only be done by examining the particulars of each individual case.

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Permission is granted by the Department of Transport to copy and/or reproduce the contents of this publication in whole or in part provided that full acknowledgement is given to the Department of Transport and that the material be accurately reproduced. While use of this material has been authorized, the Department of Transport shall not be responsible for how the information is presented, or for any interpretations thereof.

The information in this copy of this publication may not be updated to reflect amendments made to original content. For up-to-date information, contact the Department of Transport.


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Alternative Formats

This publication is available in alternative formats.
For further information on other available versions, contact Marine Safety.

Catalogue  No. T29-81/2010E
ISBN 978-1-100-16675-9

TP 14070E

Cette publication est aussi disponible en français sous le titre Guide de sécurité des petits bâtiments commerciaux (2010).

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