- Marine Safety and Security
- Group 1: Service Standards for Pleasure Craft
- Group 2: Service Standards for Cargo and Port State Control Inspections
- Group 3: Service Standards for Marine Personnel Programs
- Group 4: Service Standards for Navigable Waters Protection Program
- Group 5: Service Standards for vessel registration, inspection and certification
- The Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act give Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security the authority to regulate maritime radio communication equipment on board for the purpose of distress alerting, safety and bridge-to-bridge communications.
- Canadian vessels trading internationally outside the Great Lakes that are 300 gross tonnage (GT) or more or a passenger vessel, and foreign vessels trading in Canada must also meet the radio communication requirements of Chapter IV of International Convention on the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS).
- Compliance with the Acts and SOLAS is ensured by periodic technical inspection by Canadian Coast Guard radio inspectors under the Ship Radio Inspection (SRI) Program, on behalf of Transport Canada. To arrange a ship radio inspection, please consult section 18.104.22.168 of the Radio Aids to Marine Navigation.
- Vessels that have been enrolled in the Delegated Statutory Inspection Program will have their radio inspection certificates issued by a Recognized Organization. For vessels not subject to a formal radio inspection required by regulations, Transport Canada Marine Safety inspectors conduct operational inspections of radio communication equipment as part of a vessel’s annual, or quadrennial, safety inspection.
- Assign date and approximate time for Ship Radio Inspection
Within 3 working days
- Travel to vessel, conduct or complete radio equipment inspection
Timeline varies based on vessel status, location and requirements
- Sign-off a complete and satisfactory inspection, and issue or endorse a radio inspection certificate
Within 5 working days
The target for achieving this standard is set at 70%.
|Assign date and approximate time for Ship Radio Inspection within 3 working days||70%||50%||91%||N/A|
|Travel to vessel, conduct or complete radio equipment inspection (timeline varies based on vessel status, location and requirements)|
|Sign-off a complete and satisfactory inspection, and issue or endorse a radio inspection certificate within 5 working days (of the inspection)||70%||100%||100%||N/A|
Pending changes to Radio Inspection Database, a random sampling of completed inspections will be used to derive performance information.
Vessels enrolled in DSIP will not be part of annual service performance report.
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Marine Safety and Security
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For more information:
- Inspection and Operations Standards
- Ship Radio Inspection Program
- Government-Wide Forward Regulatory Plans
- Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
- Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- Canada–United States Regulatory Cooperation Council
- Regulatory Services and Quality Assurance
- Contacting Marine Safety
To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.