New Small Vessel Regulations to Simplify Manufacturing Process

The National Marine Manufacturer's Association Canada (NMMA Canada) submitted a few minor revisions to the newly proposed Small Vessel Regulations that were published in the Canada Gazette 1 on April 25.

The proposed regulations are set to be made law under the new CSA 2001 and have now completed the comment period duration running from April 25 to May 25. The new regulations are a product of the collaboration between Transport Canada and the boating industry over the past three years.

“The changes to the Small Vessel Regulations are good,” said Sara Anghel, NMMA Canada's vice president government and public affairs. “They're designed to improve boating safety and NMMA Canada commends the work of the Transport Canada regulatory staff as their consultation process was extensive and thorough, and the regulations are much improved.”

Transport Canada will review the suggestions made and decide which ones they wish to implement before moving the regulations into Canada Gazette 2, expected to pass in September.

Anghel identified a subset within the proposed regulations, the Construction Standards for Small Vessels (TP 1332), as being much improved and still under discussion between Transport Canada and industry members over the next couple of weeks.

“Transport Canada, through the years of consultation, has addressed some of the issues that were slowing things down for the manufacturers,” explained Anghel. “For example, currently manufacturers have to submit a package showing their boats conform to the building requirements. Transport Canada inspectors would then come out to the manufacturer's facility to confirm this. The process was long and manufacturers needed the capacity plate on their recreational boats before they could send them to their dealers. In cases where dealers had promised a deliver date to their customer, sometimes there were delays because the manufacturer hadn't received the plates from Transport Canada. The proposed changes would streamline the approval process. Through a new audit process, manufactures would submit their paperwork to Transport Canada who would review it without sending inspectors every time. Occasionally, inspections would be conducted as part of that audit process. Additionally, the changes would also allow the recreational capacity plate to be manufactured in house. Manufacturers would no longer need to wait for Transport Canada to mail them the plates. They would only need to meet the requirements of Transport Canada's parameters for producing the plates.”

For a draft copy of the 2009 edition of TP 1332 click here.