Regulatory bodies for manned submersibles in Canada

In summary, as a new member, an undergrad engineering student is working on a project for a course that requires designing a ballast system for a manned submersible. They are wondering about regulatory bodies in Canada responsible for regulations regarding the use of manned submersibles in public waters. It is recommended to register the submersible as a boat and contact the harbor master or the Canadian Coast Guard for further information. If operating in a shipping lane or congested area, a report must be submitted for a NAVAREA warning to be issued.
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Hey guys, new member here! I am an undergrad engineering student and I am currently working on a project for a course that requires designing a ballast system for a manned submersible and I was wondering...

Are there regulatory bodies in Canada that you know of that is responsible for regulations regarding the use of manned submersibles?
 
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If you plan on using it in public waters. you will need to register it as a boat. ( http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/oep-vesselreg-registration-menu-2311.htm )
Obviously, it will not meet all of the requirements of a boat.
If there is a harbor master where you will operate, you should contact him right away.
Otherwise, I would contact the Canadian Coast Guard ( http://www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/eng/CCG/Home )

If you operate in a shipping lane or other congested area, you will need to submit a report ( https://msix.nga.mil/submitReport.php ) so that a NAVAREA warning can be issued.
 
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1. What is the purpose of a regulatory body for manned submersibles in Canada?

The main purpose of a regulatory body for manned submersibles in Canada is to ensure the safety of individuals operating and using these vessels. They also aim to protect the environment and regulate any potential impact that submersibles may have on marine life or ecosystems.

2. Who is responsible for regulating manned submersibles in Canada?

In Canada, the main regulatory body for manned submersibles is Transport Canada. They work closely with other government agencies such as the Canadian Coast Guard and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to ensure compliance with regulations and safety standards.

3. What are the regulations for operating a manned submersible in Canadian waters?

The regulations for operating a manned submersible in Canadian waters vary depending on the type of vessel and its intended use. However, all submersibles must comply with safety standards set by Transport Canada, including regular inspections, crew training, and emergency procedures.

4. Are there any restrictions on where manned submersibles can operate in Canada?

Yes, there are restrictions on where manned submersibles can operate in Canada. These restrictions are in place to protect sensitive marine environments and can vary depending on the location and type of submersible. Operators must obtain permits and follow designated routes to ensure compliance with these restrictions.

5. What happens if someone violates the regulations for manned submersibles in Canada?

If someone violates the regulations for manned submersibles in Canada, they may face penalties such as fines or having their vessel impounded. In more serious cases, individuals or companies may face legal action and be required to make changes to their operations to comply with regulations.

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