Regulatory Framework

Navigation Safety & Radiocommunications

The Canada Shipping Act, 2001 provides the domestic regulatory framework into which several international conventions and standards that relate to navigation safety have been incorporated.


  • Anchorage Regulations
  • Collision Regulations
  • Charts and Nautical Publications Regulations, 1995
  • Eastern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations
  • Navigation Safety Regulations
  • Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zones Regulations
  • St. Clair and Detroit River Navigation Regulations
  • Steering Appliances and Equipment Regulations
  • Vessel Traffic Services Zones Regulations
  • Voyage Data Recorder Regulations


  • IMO and Safety of Navigation
  • Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 (COLREG)
  • Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
  • International Code of Safety for High-Speed Craft
  • International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea, 1974 (SOLAS)-Chapter IV & V. as amended
  • International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers, 1978 (STCW) as amended, including the 1995 and 2010 Manila Amendments
  • Torremolinos International Convention for the Safety of Fishing Vessels, 1977
  • United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)