Submission and Approval of plans for Small Fishing Vessels of more than 15 gross tonnage (GT) subject to the Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations

Transport Publication - TP 13585 E

Effective Date   Date of Revision
13th July 2017    

1 Policy Objective

  • 1.1 The objective of this policy is to establish and specify the requirements for the submission and approval of plans and other information for vessels subject to the Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations (FVSR) made under the authority of Canada Shipping Act 2001 (CSA 2001).

2 Policy Statement

  • 2.1 For the issuance of Canadian Maritime Documents (CMDs) in accordance with Section 16 of the CSA 2001, the Authorized Representative (AR) of the vessel will submit vessel plans, documents and other information that the Minister considers necessary to establish that the requirements for the issuance of the CMD s have been met.
  • 2.2 The Appendix to this policy includes details on the submission and approval of plans and other information, an owner or an AR of a small fishing vessel must follow, to meet the Minister’s requirements.

3 Scope

  • 3.1 This policy applies to Canadian fishing vessels that are more than 15 GT but not more than 150 GT and not more than 24.4m in length.

4 Authority

  • 4.1 This policy is made under the authority of the Marine Safety & Security Executive and is in accordance with the objectives of the CSA 2001.

5 Responsibility/ further information

  • 5.1 The Executive Director, Domestic Vessel Regulatory Oversight, is accountable for the development, approval and maintenance of this policy.
  • 5.2 The Manager, Flag State, Compliance & Enforcement (AMSDF), is the OPI for this policy.
  • 5.3 The Regional Directors, Marine Safety and Security, are responsible for the implementation of this policy.
  • 5.4 Comments or queries related to this policy and its application should be addressed to:

    Executive Director, Domestic Regulatory Oversight
    330 Sparks Street (AMSD)
    Ottawa ON
    K1A 0N8
    Fax: 613-991-4818

6 Related Documents

7 Background

  • 7.1 In addition to section 16 of the CSA 2001, section 119 requires that, subject to the regulations, no person shall construct, manufacture or alter a vessel of a prescribed class otherwise than in accordance with plans approved by the Minister as having met the requirements of the regulations respecting the design and construction of vessels of that class.
  • 7.2 The FVSR were published in the Canada Gazette Part II on July 13, 2016, and will come into force one year from that date.
  • 7.3 The new regulations change the title of the Small Fishing Vessel Inspection Regulations (SFVIR) to the Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations (FVSR). They also amend, replace or repeal various sections of the SFVIR . Amendments include updates to the requirements for safety equipment and vessel stability as well as introducing requirements for written safety procedures for small fishing vessels.
  • 7.4 The FVSR do not contain requirements for the submission of plans and their approval by Transport Canada Marine Safety & Security (TCMSS). The repealed sections of the SFVIR , related to the submission and approval of plans are incorporated in the Appendix to this policy.

8 Date of Application

  • 8.1 The policy comes into effect on 13th July 2017.

9 Date for Review or Expiry

  • 9.1 This policy will be reviewed after 12 months and thereafter at a frequency not more than every 5 years.

10 RDIMS Reference

  • 10.1 The English version of this document is saved in RDIMS under reference number (12315561). The applied naming convention is (Publication – TP  13585 – Policy – Plan Submission and Approval of Small Fishing Vessel).
  • 10.2 La version française du présent document est dans le SGDDI et porte le numéro de référence (12898860). La règle d’affectation des noms est (Publication – TP  13585 – Politique – Présentation et approbation des plans des petits bateaux de pêche).
  • 10.3 This is the first approved and finalized revision of the English version of this document.

11 Keywords

  • Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations (FVSR)
  • Small Fishing Vessel
  • Authorized Representative (AR)
  • Plan Submission
  • Plan Approval


  • 1. Plan Submission

    • 1.1 Subject to Section 2 of this appendix, before commencement of construction of a small fishing vessel, the builder or Authorized Representative (AR) shall submit plans and technical data in triplicate or in electronic format as set out in Tier 1 Policy on E-plan approval, to a Marine Safety Transport Canada Centre (TCC) for the area in which the fishing vessel will be constructed.Footnote 1
    • 1.2 The plans and technical data shall include the scantlings, information and data in Schedule 1 below concerning the fishing vessel’s propelling machinery, boilers and air receivers, bilge pumps and piping, fire pumps and piping, fuel systems including ventilating arrangements, steering gear, hull, lifesaving equipment, firefighting equipment, navigation and communication equipment and electrical system.
    • 1.3 If a small fishing vessel is to undergo a major modification as defined in sub-section 3.48(3) of the FVSR , the AR shall submit plans and technical data related to the planned modification to a TCC .
  • 2. Plan Approval

    • 2.1 Where, under subsection 1.2 & 1.3 of this Appendix, any plans and technical data are submitted to a TCC , an inspector shall approve them if:
      • (a) the plans and technical data conform with the requirements of sections 9 to 44.1 of the FVSR , where those sections apply; and
      • (b) the vessel, if constructed in accordance with those plans and technical data, will be suitable for the voyages for which it is intended.
    • 2.2 When plans have been approved by a licensed engineer they may be accepted by TCMSS as set out in Tier 1 Policy – Plan approval – Acceptance of Plans Stamped by a Canadian Licensed Engineer ( RDIMS ).

(Schedule 1)

  • A. General Particulars

    • Name of ship and official number
    • Year built
    • Name and address of builder
    • Name and address of owner
    • Type of vessel (open or closed construction)
    • Type of fishing for which vessel is designed
    • Intended voyage and area of operation
    • Length (as defined in section 2 & sub-section 3.01(1) of the FVSR )
    • Breadth (extreme over planking)
    • Depth (top of beam at side amidships to rabbet line on keel)
  • B. Propulsion Machinery

    • Number of engines
    • Manufacturer’s name and engine model number
    • Fuel - Diesel, gasoline or other
    • Rated brake output at continuous rating in kilowatts
    • Engine revolutions per minute at continuous rating
    • Reduction gear manufacturer
    • Reduction gear ratio
    • Diameter and material of intermediate shaft
    • Diameter and material of tailshaft
    • Particulars of tailshaft liner
    • Propeller diameter
    • Propeller pitch
    • Type of stern bearing
    • Details of exhaust piping from the engines and heating units, showing deck and other penetrations
  • C. Pressure Vessels

    • Data of pressure vessels such as air receivers or boilers including third party certification and installation plans (e.g. safety devices, piping, etc…)
  • D. Bilge Pumps and Piping

    • Number, capacity and driving method of bilge pumps driven by:
      • main engine
      • auxiliary engine, and
      • hand
    • Number of suctions in:
      • machinery space,
      • hold spaces, and
      • crew and other spaces
    • Internal diameter of bilge piping
  • E. Fire Pumps and Piping

    • Number and capacities of fire pumps
    • Internal diameter of hydrant piping
    • Number of outlets
  • F. Fuel Systems including Ventilating Arrangements

    • Number of fuel tanks including any portable reserve tanks, their capacity and type of fuel, material, construction details and location in the ship;
    • Ventilation details of every space, including bilges, in which gasoline vapor may collect
  • G. Steering Gear

    • Hydraulic, electric or hand
    • Diameter of chain, wire or rod if hand steering
    • Diameter of rudder stock
    • Area of rudder
    • Average distance between trailing edge of rudder and center line of rudder stock
  • H. General Layout and Outfitting

    • Number and location of watertight bulkheads
    • Length and height of deck-houses
    • Location of engine room
    • Number and sizes of engine room entrance and emergency exits
    • Location of crew accommodation and total number of crew
    • Height of bulwarks
    • Number and area of freeing ports
    • Height of sills of doors giving access to main hull
    • Hatches, number and size
    • Hatch coamings, height and thickness
    • Hatch fore-and-after, vertical and horizontal dimensions
    • Hatch covers, type and thickness
    • Doors and windows type and construction
    • Anchoring arrangement
  • I. Scantling Details

    Scantling details should be submitted using profile, deck, and midship section or other appropriate plans or data which shall include:

    • The reference to the design standard used for construction
    • Construction materials
    • Structural scantlings:
      • Watertight bulkheads
      • Keel
      • Plating
      • Frames, beams, floors, stringers, brackets, etc…
      • Frame spacing
      • Structural Tank Bulkheads
      • Engine and machinery seatings
      • Fastening or welding
    NOTE: The above information and scantlings should preferably be submitted in the form of plans, however, it may also be submitted as a list, or as a combination of both methods.
  • J. Electrical System

    • the drawings, data and plans as required by TP  127.
    NOTE: The above information should preferably be submitted in the form of a one-line diagram with supporting data, however, it may also be submitted as a list or as a combination of both methods.