Vessels of 0 to 15 Gross Tonnage

Am I in the right place?

You’re in the right place if your vessel:

  • is not used solely for commercial fishing or for pleasure;
  • is not more than 15 gross tonnage; and,
  • does not carry more than 12 passengers.

If you do not carry passengers, but your vessel is used for non-pleasure purposes and is not more than 15 gross tons, this page is also for you.

What do I need to know about this type of vessel?

  • New technology and evolving industry standards are two factors that directly impact marine legislation. Taking a modern approach to safety requires regulations, standards and policies be updated regularly to reflect such industry components. Making sure that you are aware of any changes in regulation will help you remain compliant. Check What’s New? for recent changes or consult the current Small Vessel Regulations to determine the requirements for your vessel.
  • Whether you are an experienced mariner or just starting out, there is additional information available to you. The Small Commercial Vessel Safety Guide is a helpful tool for enhancing education and awareness of matters pertaining to small vessels, particularly those less than 15 gross tons. The Guide provides general information and lists some of the core regulations you will need to comply with if you operate a vessel in this category such as:
  • Getting ready to set sail

Some core regulations and standards pertaining to this vessel category:

Construction/ Life-Saving Equipment 



Voyage Classification


Other Important Information