Q.C. Marine Surveyors inspect and report on vessels using, among others, the following reference standards: Transport Canada TP 1332 E - Construction Standards for Small Vessels - TP1332 frequently refers to and is continually in the process of being harmonized with ABYC Standards, ABYC - The American Boat and Yacht Council, , TP 511E - The Safe Boating Guide (Equipment lists), NFPA - The National Fire Protection Agency, CSA - Canadian Standards Association
The American Boat & Yacht Council, ABYC, was created in 1954 as a non-profit organization to develop safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats. The mission of ABYC is to improve boating safety and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities. Membership is recommended and rewarded.
By clicking on the above link, you will be taken to the SAFE BOATING GUIDE published by Transport Canada. Once at the site, simply click on the information section desired. It is a wealth of knowledge, and surely a must for all boaters, previously available in print but now available only online. The guide covers many boating topics from basic construction standards, buying a boat, licencing, operator cards, safety items to check prior to leaving the dock, emergency situations and communications, equipment required from various sized of vessels and the penalties for not having required equipment.
The world's leading advocate of fire prevention and an authoritative source on public safety, NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks.
CSA Group is dedicated to promoting a better, safer, more sustainable world where standards work for people and business. CSA Group is a total solutions global provider of North American marks and can help you access the international marks you need to sell your product around the world. You can display CSA North American marks on your products with confidence, knowing that CSA marks are widely accepted and recognized by many government and code officials, regulatory and regulation bodies like the SCC and OSHA, leading retailers and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJ).
Licensing: If your boat is mostly operated or kept in Canada and is powered by one or more motors adding up to 7.5 kW (10 hp) or more, it must be licensed, unless it is registered. You will also need to license dinghies or tenders you carry aboard or tow behind a larger boat if they too are powered by one or more motors adding up to 7.5 kW (10 hp) or more. powered by one or more motors adding up to 7.5 kW (10 hp) or more. Registration: Although you are no longer required to register pleasure craft over 15 gross tons, you can still choose to do so. Although there are costs involved, registration gives you some important benefits, which include:
- Proof of Ownership (legal title) for your boat
- The right to fly the Canadian flag
- A unique name and official number for your boat
- The right to use your boat as security for a marine mortgage
- Note that Proof of Ownership can be very important at international borders, it is a good idea to register any boat you plan to operate outside of Canada.
Note that You must keep a copy of the License or Registration Documents on board the Vessel at all times.
The Small Vessel Regulations under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, require all pleasure craft powered by an engine 10 horsepower (7.5 kW) or more to have a pleasure craft licence, unless they have a vessel registration. You must carry a copy of your Pleasure Craft Licence on board.
As marine surveyors we are often asked if we are licensed and/or accredited. To be clear, unlike many trades, to be active in the field of Marine Surveying there are no requirements in Canada or the U.S.A. for an individual to be licensed or accredited. Neither the U.S.C.G. nor Transport Canada approve or certify marine surveyors. All association terms and initials that some Surveyors carry represent accreditation and/or certification by Private Membership Organizations to whom the Surveyor must pay to belong to and pay to be accredited by. We have listed a number of private membership certification/accreditation organizations in Canada and the United States here for your reference. Each of these has their own membership fee structure, code of ethics, membership qualifications and education requirements. Q. C. Marine Surveyors adhere to the Codes of Ethics of all of these private entities but do not pass the cost of membership in these organisations on to our customers. The essence of acceptance for all surveys is your Insurance Company and all Q. C. Marine Surveys are accepted by these Insurance Companies.
The National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMSGlobal), established in 1962, is a professional organization that certifies marine surveyors and provides continuing education opportunities.
NAMSGloba's membership is international and its Certified Marine Surveyor members carry the NAMS-CMS designation after their names.
The Association of Certified Marine Surveyors is organization that offers its members the ability to remain up to date with technological changes through their information exchange and online study material.
Chart 1 is a publication containing explanations of the symbols, terms and abbreviations needed to interpret nautical charts published by the Canadian Hydrographic Service. Member nations of the International Hydrographic Organization produce Chart 1 using a common format. That common format consists of sections identified by letters and symbols, abbreviations or terms identified by a reference number. All Chart 1s organize these sections and symbols, abbreviations, or terms in the exact same order.