Fishing Vessel Safety Regulations: Stability, major modifications and record of modifications

New form: Fishing Vessel Record of Modifications Affecting Stability

Transport Canada has released a new form to be used when recording vessel modifications:

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Transport Canada created the Fishing Vessel Record of Modifications Affecting Stability to:

  • give authorized representatives a way to record modifications over time and help them meet the requirements of the FVSR

  • help authorized representatives know when to ask for advice from a competent person and when to update their stability information

When they inspect or monitor a vessel, Transport Canada inspectors will ask to review this form. Inspectors may use this opportunity to discuss the extent and potential impacts of the modifications it lists. They will note any modifications on the vessel’s inspection record.

During an inspection or monitoring inspection, the inspector will also verify that, if required:

  • There is a signed copy of the stability booklet or record of stability onboard

  • The signed copy is up to date and accurately reflects the vessel’s configuration (length, breadth, draught, tonnage, equipment onboard, etc.) and fishing activities

  • A stability notice is posted onboard the vessel

When a vessel is inspected, if the inspector determines it was modified and its stability should have been reassessed or is inadequate, they may require a stability assessment.

When the vessel is modified, the authorized representative must complete this form, noting:

  • any additions or changes (other than routine maintenance) to lifting equipment and fishing gear

  • any changes in the fishing method, the type of fish caught or the way the catch is stowed

  • any modifications to the vessel’s structure, equipment or gear that add, remove or result in the relocation of weights more than 100 kg (220 pounds), along with smaller weights if they adversely affect vessel stability

  • that the vessel has an up-to-date stability assessment, which accurately reflects the vessel’s configuration and what it is used for

Lastly, add the date of the modification and initial the line. Include any photos or drawings of the modification, if possible. During the inspection, if there were no modifications, write “no modifications,” the date and your initials on the next available line.

For more detailed information on major modifications or a change in activity, read Transport Canada’s TP 15392 – Guidelines for Fishing Vessel Major Modifications or a Change in Activity.

You can get more information about major modifications by contacting your nearest Transport Canada regional office.