New Fees for Marine Cargo, Port State Control, Prewash and Marine Insurance Certification Services - SSB No.: 06/2021

RDIMS No .: 17312003
Date (Y-M-D) : 2021-04-16

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This bulletin is to let you know about new or updated fees for marine cargo, Port State Control (follow up inspections), prewash and marine insurance certificates services. These changes came into force on April 1, 2021.


This bulletin applies to Canadian and foreign vessel owners and their authorized representatives, their vessel masters or ship’s agents and shippers that request services from one of the Transport Canada programs listed below.


Through Transport Canada’s Fee Modernization initiative, we’re making changes to our fees. This includes updating or creating fees for services, and updating our service standards.

The fees for these services haven’t increased for about 20 years, even though the costs of many other things, including wages and equipment, have grown.

By making these changes, our fees regime will better reflect the actual costs of these services and will make the fee structure simpler for everyone.

What you need to know

As part of the Fee Modernization Initiative at Transport Canada, fees have been introduced and updated through the following Regulations on April 1, 2021:

Marine Cargo and Port State Control (follow up) and Prewash Services: Marine Safety Fees Regulations: SOR/2021-59 and the Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001: SOR/2021-60.

Marine Insurance Certification Services: Regulations Amending the Marine Liability and Information Return Regulations (Certain Fees): SOR/2021-61 and the Wreck Removal Convention Certificate Fee Regulations: SOR/2021-62

The main changes to prewash services, marine cargo and Port State Control (follow-up) inspections include:

  • the marine cargo fees are now listed under the Marine Safety Fees Regulations
  • the Port Wardens Tariff will be repealed and the daily fees will apply for vessel loading concentrates, grain or timber on deck
  • fees in Section 116 and 162 of the Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations have been repealed and are now listed under the Marine Safety Fees Regulations
  • a section has been added in the Cargo, Fumigation and Tackle Regulations to align with the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes Code, andnew fees have been introduced for the approval of procedures of shippers offering cargoes that may liquefy for marine transport
  • the Consumer Price Index will only apply once fees are fully phased-in
  • new fees have been introduced for vessels required to undergo a prewash operation after unloading a noxious substance (as per the Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations)
  • fees in Section 17.1 of the Board of Steamship Inspection Scale of Fees have been repealed and replaced with the fee to rescind a detention order, which is listed in the Marine Safety Fees Regulations

For Marine Insurance Certification Services, as of April 1, 2021, it now costs $98 for a:

  • Civil Liability Convention Certificate
  • Bunkers Convention Certificate, or
  • Wreck Removal Convention Certificate

For more information about Transport Canada’s service requests, fees and service standards, please visit the following web pages:

More information about Transport Canada’s marine service policies


1. Marine cargo, Port State Control, prewash services
2. Marine insurance certification
3. Modernization of fees

Questions concerning this Bulletin should be addressed to:


Transport Canada
Marine Safety and Security
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street, 11th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0N8


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