This study provides an assessment of the safety equipment carried on board small commercial passenger vessels (especially tour boats and charter sport fishing boats), the accessibility of that equipment and the general operational safety of these vessels. Investigations made to achieve this objective included a review of Transportation Safety Board reports dealing with small commercial passenger vessels, a review of current applicable Canadian regulations and completion of twenty vessel surveys and candid discussions with owners/operators. Based on this investigation, it was recommended that Transport Canada should: (1) develop and publish guidelines to aid operators in preparing pre-departure briefings to be given to passengers; (2) develop syllabi pertaining to training courses for operators in order to ensure a base level of competency; (3) promote the logging of basic sail plans with an operator's appointed shore-based emergency contact; (4) promote compliance by periodically publishing notifications reminding operators of basic regulatory requirements regarding safety equipment and procedures; (5) issue standards governing the marking of stowage lockers containing safety equipment; (6) ensure that periodic inspections for small passenger vessels are carried out by qualified marine surveyors; (7) continue the modification of regulations pertaining to small passenger operators in consultation with related industry groups and associations; (8) issue immediate detaining orders for vessels that are inspected and found to be non-compliant with safety critical equipment; and (9) create an information resource center for small passenger vessel operators as part of the Transport Canada Web site.


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  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 120 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00938393
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TP 13206E
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 21 2003 12:00AM