This bulletin applies to Canadian vessels that must be inspected and certified under Section 240 of the Navigation Safety Regulations, 2020.
This bulletin does not apply to:
“Convention vessels” (Vessels that must comply with the SOLAS Convention), or
vessels subject to the Agreement Between Canada and the United States of America for Promotion of Safety on the Great Lakes by Means of Radio, 1973
This bulletin is to inform you that the validity period of the Canadian Radio Inspection Certificate is changing from 1 year up to 4 years in some instances.
A new policy which defines the period of validity of these certificates under the Navigation Safety Regulations, 2020 came into force on 1 October 2022.
Under this new policy, a vessel that operates exclusively within Sea Area A1 (as defined in the Radio Aids to Marine Navigation, 2023) can have a Radio Inspection Certificate that is valid for up to 4 years.
Under the repealed Ship Station Radio (Technical) Regulations, 1999, the validity period for the radio inspection Certificate of such vessel when navigating outside Sheltered Waters, was limited to 1 year.
You don’t need to take any action. This policy is already being implemented.
To limit inspection peaks, the new validity periods will roll out according to the table below.
Any inspection (subsequent or not) conducted on or after August 1, 2023, will be subject to a certificate validity of up to 4 years.