Inspection of non-Canadian commercial vessels

From Transport Canada  

All non-Canadian commercial vessels that enter Canadian waters are inspected. This is part of the international Port State Control system.

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Port State Control

Port State Control (PSC) is a ship inspection program whereby foreign vessels entering a sovereign state's waters are boarded and inspected to ensure compliance with various major international maritime conventions.

PSC programs are regional in nature. Several countries sharing common waters group together under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU is designed to ensure that vessels trading in the region are not substandard.

Canada’s international memberships

Canada has signed two MOUs: the Paris MOU and the Tokyo MOU.

  • Canada became an associate member of the Paris MOU in 1988 and was accepted as a full member in 1994 (the first non-European member).
  • Canada was a driving force in the creation of the Tokyo MOU and has been a member since its inception in 1993.

Inspection of non-Canadian commercial vessels

Ship inspections are carried out at all major Canadian ports by inspectors of the Marine Safety Branch. An inspection database and a list of detained ships are maintained, and the same information is provided to the two MOU databases.

Contact us for information on Canada’s Port State Control system

Mailing address:

Transport Canada
Marine Safety (AMSEA)
Tower C, Place de Ville
330 Sparks Street, 10th Floor
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0N5

Telephone: 613-991-3143
Teletypewriter / TDD: 1-888-675-6863
Fax: 613-993-8196

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