The new Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations came into force on July 13, 2017. The regulations set out new stability requirements, which include posting a stability notice on board.
On this page
- When a stability notice is required
- About stability notices
- Who prepares stability notices
- Stability notice templates and instructions
- Contact us
- As of July 13, 2017, stability notices are required for:
- a new fishing vessel that has a hull length of more than 9 m
- a fishing vessel constructed on any date that:
- has a hull length of more than 9 m, and
- has undergone a major modification or series of modifications, or a change in activity that is likely to adversely affect its stability (after July 13, 2017)
- a vessel constructed on any date of any length fitted with an anti-roll tank (at any time).
- Stability notices are also required any time an assessment is done on any vessel.
Stability notices are specific to a vessel. They present the vessel’s stability data, operational characteristics and limitations in a simple way, so the vessel’s master and crew can quickly interpret this information.
Each notice is prepared from a series of generic templates, pictograms and summary notes.
For more detail about what stability notices must include, see section 3.57 of the Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations.
The competent person who conducts a stability assessment for a fishing vessel is responsible for preparing the vessel’s stability notice.
To learn more about the people and organizations competent to conduct a stability assessment, see sections 3.51 and 3.52 of the Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations.
We have developed sample stability notice templates and instructions templates. Competent persons may adapt them for a particular application.
The competent person may contact TC Marine Safety via any regional Transport Canada Centre to get a copy of the stability notice templates and instructions: