Transport Canada

The Beyond the Border Maritime Commerce Resilience Atlantic Region Webinar will take place in two weeks on March 9th, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Please note the time change occurring the day before the webinar on Sunday March 8th.

If you have not yet had the chance we encourage you to download the WebEx Add-On and verify that your computer has one of the valid media players installed.  For detailed instructions on this process please see “Webinar Sign-On Information” document on the public Sector Southeastern New England HOMEPORT site,, under “News & Events”.



On behalf of the United States Coast Guard and Transport Canada, you are cordially invited to participate in the upcoming webinar regarding Canada-United States cooperation on Atlantic Region MCR (Maritime Commerce Resilience) scheduled for:

March 9th, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. 

This information session will serve as a starting point for the future development of MCR Guidelines tailored to the Atlantic Region, a process that will be based on the knowledge and expertise of regional stakeholders.

This initiative stems from the Canada-United States Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness Action Plan, which directs the development of regional bi-national plans to quickly restore maritime transportation system operations following a natural disaster, accident, security incident or other disruption.

Transport Canada and the United States Coast Guard previously facilitated the development of MCR Guidelines in both the Pacific Region and Great Lakes Region.  In order to leverage work already undertaken while ensuring that the Atlantic MCR Guidelines reflect local circumstances, the Pacific Northwest and Great Lakes MCR Guidelines will be used as a basis for discussion and amended as needed based on the advice of Atlantic Region stakeholders.

The purpose of this webinar is to introduce the project, discuss the path forward and to answer questions.  Subsequent in-person consultation sessions will provide the opportunity to discuss any specific amendments.

We invite you to please register well ahead of time using the following registration link:

Webinar registration link:

 After registering you will receive a confirmation e-mail with all of the necessary information to join the meeting on March 9th, 2015.

There is a “PDF” version of the PowerPoint presentation to be used during the webinar also located at the Sector SENE HOMEPORT site.

Available also are the following online key MCR reference documents (Great Lakes and Pacific Northwest Guidelines): (Great Lakes)  (Pacific Northwest)

If you have any questions please contact Roderick Meier of Transport Canada at:, or (613) 991-9858.



This policy clarifies the requirements for Sail Training Vessels when not being used as pleasure craft.

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From Bryant’s Maritime Consulting

This is a reminder for potentially impacted US-flag vessels.  On 26 October 2012, the US Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 021-12 advising that on 26 October 2013 Transport Canada will commence enforcement of the Canadian requirement that, for most vessels operating on Canadian waters, a credentialed/licensed Chief Engineer and, depending on the watch schedule, additional credentialed/licensed Engineer(s) are required unless the vessel has a propulsive power of less than 750 kW (1000 hp).

The United States Coast Guard ussed a Marine Safety Information Bulletin on October 26, 2012 advising owners, operators and masters of U.S. vessels operating in Canadian waters of changes to engineer manning requirements.

Effective October 26, 2013, Canada will require US vessels, under their Marine Personnel Regualtions, to perform an engineeering watch on vessels having a propulsive power of at least 750kW (1000HP). The Canadian regulations will apply to vessels en route to and from a Canadian port. It will not apply to U.S. vessels transiting throught Canadian waters from one U.S. port directly to another.  Click here to continue reading the announcement

Tall Ships that have previously been granted a waiver of Canadian withholding taxes that would otherwise be required under Regulation 105 of the Income Tax Regulations, are required to file a T2 Income Tax Return.

Failure to file this Return will result in future Regulation 105 waiver applications being denied. That is, income tax would, for example, be deducted on payments for the 2009 TALL SHIPS ATLANTIC CHALLENGE® event in Nova Scotia or other similar business at other Canadian Ports. This would apply to vessels that received a waiver on a previous visit to any Canadian jurisdiction. For example, those vessels that visited Halifax in 2007 and were granted a waiver from having taxes withheld on appearance fee payments would be required to file a Canadian Tax Return for their fiscal year in which those appearance fees were received.

The above information is provided for information only. Ship owners should contact their tax advisors. For official information please visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s website: