Part 3 - Vessel Traffic Services

Atlantic, St. Lawrence, Great Lakes, Lake Winnipeg and Arctic

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The purpose of this section is to describe to shipboard personnel the ship reporting procedures to be followed by vessels when within or intending to enter a Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) zone.

3.1 Responsibilities

There is no intention on the part of the Canadian Coast Guard to attempt to navigate or manoeuvre ships from a shore station and nothing in this publication overrides the authority of the master of his responsibility for the safe navigation of his ship. Information passed to the master is intended to assist him in the safe conduct of his ship.

A MCTS officer may, with respect to any vessel of a prescribed class that is about to enter or is within a VTS zone:

  1. grant a clearance to the vessel to enter, leave or proceed within the VTS zone;
  2. direct the master, pilot or person in charge of the deck watch of the vessel to provide any pertinent information in respect of that vessel that may be specified in the direction;
  3. direct the vessel to use any radio frequencies in communications with coast stations or other vessel that may be specified in the direction; and
  4. direct the vessel at the time, between the times or before or after any event that may be specified in the direction;
    • to leave a VTS zone,
    • to leave or refrain from entering any area within a VTS zone that may be specified in the direction, or
    • to proceed to or remain at any location within a VTS zone that may be specified in the direction.

A vessel, as well as the master, pilot or person in charge of the deck watch of a vessel, shall comply with a direction given to it or them by a Marine Communications and Traffic Services officer. Notwithstanding, the master, pilot or person in charge of the deck watch may take any action that may be required to ensure the safety of life, the ship or any other ship.

The master of a ship shall ensure that before the ship enters a VTS zone the ship’s radio equipment is capable of receiving and transmitting radio communications on the appropriate VTS sector frequency.

3.2 Traffic Clearance

A "traffic clearance" is an authorization for a ship to proceed subject to such conditions as may be included in the authorization. The traffic clearance is predicated upon ship report information and known waterway/traffic conditions. A traffic clearance does not eliminate the need for other authorizations required by legislation or by laws.

Should any factor upon which the traffic clearance is predicated alter to the detriment of safe navigation, the traffic clearance may be delayed or other conditions may be attached to the traffic clearance.

A traffic clearance is required prior to:

  1. entering a VTS zone;
  2. commencing a departure manoeuvre;
  3. commencing a manoeuvre that may be detrimental to safe navigation; and
  4. proceeding after being stranded, stopped due to breakdown of main propulsion machinery or steering gear, or involved in a collision.

3.3 Communications

Radiotelephone procedures used in communicating with a Marine Communications and Traffic Services centre are those specified by the International Telecommunications Union in the "Manual for Use by the Maritime Mobile and Maritime Mobile Satellite Services".

A continuous listening watch shall be maintained on the appropriate VTS sector frequency on radio equipment located:

  • at any place on board the ship, where the ship is at anchor or moored to a buoy; and
  • in the vicinity of the ship’s conning position, where the ship is underway.

A continuous listening watch may be suspended if a Marine Communications and Traffic Services officer directs the ship to communicate with coast stations and/or other ship stations on a different VHF radio frequency.

All times given in local VTS zone reports should be in local time and in accordance with the 24-hour clock system.

Navigation safety calls on designated VTS sector frequencies should be kept to the minimum consistent with the safety requirement of the situation.

3.3.1 Communication Difficulties

Where a ship, for any reason other than ship board radio equipment failure is unable to obtain the required traffic clearance or after receiving a traffic clearance, is unable to maintain direct communication with the appropriate Marine Communications and Traffic Services centre, the master may nevertheless proceed on his route, but shall take all reasonable measures to communicate with the appropriate Marine Communications and Traffic Services centre as soon as possible and obtain the specified clearance.

3.3.2 Ship Board Radio Equipment Malfunction

In the event of a ship board radio equipment failure where the ship is unable to obtain the required traffic clearance or after receiving a traffic clearance, is unable to maintain direct communication with the appropriate Marine Communications and Traffic Services centre, the vessel shall:

  1. if it is in a port or anchorage where repairs can be made, remain in the port until the vessel is able to establish communications in accordance with the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, Part 5, Section 6(a); or
  2. if it is not in a port or anchorage where repairs can be made, proceed to the nearest reasonably safe port or anchorage on its route and remain there until the vessel is able to establish communications in accordance with the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, Part 5, Section 6(b).

3.4 Zone Description

3.4.1 Eastern Canada

The Eastern Canada VTS zone consists of the Canadian waters on the east coast of Canada south of the 60th parallel of north latitude and in the St. Lawrence River east of 66°00' west longitude except the waters within Ungava Bay and the waters within the VTS zones referred to in the Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations.

3.4.2 Northern Canada

The Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services (NORDREG) zone consists of:

  1. the shipping safety control zones prescribed by the Shipping Safety Control Zones Order1
  2. the waters of Ungava Bay, Hudson Bay and Kugmallit Bay that are not in a shipping safety control zone;
  3. the waters of James Bay;
  4. the waters of Koksoak River from Ungava Bay to Kuujjuaq;
  5. the waters of Feuilles Bay from Ungava Bay to Tasiujaq;
  6. the waters of Chesterfield Inlet that are not within a shipping safety control zone and the waters of Baker Lake; and
  7. the waters of Moose River from James Bay to Moosonee.

Note

The Shipping Safety Control zones cover Canada’s coastal northern waters within the area enclosed by the 60th parallel of north latitude, the 141st meridian of west longitude and the outer limit of the exclusive economic zone; however, where the international boundary between Canada and Greenland is less than 200 nautical miles from the baselines of the territorial sea of Canada, the international boundary shall be substituted for that outer limit.

3.4.3 Local Zones

Local VTS zones are as specified in the schedule of the Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations.

3.5 Zone Application

3.5.1 Eastern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone (ECAREG)

With respect to the Eastern Canada VTS zone, the Eastern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations apply in respect of:

  1. every ship of 500 tons gross tonnage or more;
  2. every ship that is engaged in towing or pushing a vessel, where the combined tonnage of the ship and the vessel being towed or pushed is 500 tons gross tonnage or more; or
  3. every ship carrying a pollutant or dangerous goods, or engaged in towing or pushing a vessel carrying a pollutant or dangerous goods as prescribed in the;
    1. International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code, and
    2. Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemicals Regulations.

Participation is mandatory.

3.5.2 Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone (NORDREG)

With respect to the Northern Canada VTS zone (NORDREG), the Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations apply to the following classes of vessels:

  1. vessels of 300 tons gross tonnage or more;
  2. vessels that are engaged in towing or pushing another vessel, if the combined gross tonnage of the vessel and the vessel being towed or pushed is 500 tons gross tonnage or more; and
  3. vessels that are carrying as cargo, a pollutant or dangerous goods, or that are engaged in towing or pushing a vessel that is carrying as cargo a pollutant or dangerous goods.

Participation is mandatory.

3.5.3 Local Vessel Traffic Services Zones

With respect to the VTS zones specified in the Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations, these regulations apply in respect of:

  1. every ship 20 metres or more in length;
  2. every ship engaged in towing or pushing any vessel or object, other than fishing gear, where;
    1. the combined length of the ship and any vessel or object towed or pushed by the ship is 45 metres or more in length, or
    2. the length of the vessel or object being towed or pushed by the ship is 20 metres or more in length.

Participation is mandatory.

With respect to the VTS zones specified in the Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations, these regulations do not apply in respect of:

  1. a ship engaged in towing or pushing any vessel or object within a log booming ground;
  2. a pleasure yacht that is less than 30 metres in length; and
  3. a fishing vessel that is less than 24 metres in length and not more than 150 tons gross tonnage.

3.6 Reports

3.6.1 Change in Information

A report shall be made whenever a significant change occurs in the information previously provided in any report made pursuant to the Eastern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations, Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations or the Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations except where the report was made when departing from a VTS zone.

3.6.2 Non-Routine Reports

Pursuant to the Eastern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations and the Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations a report indicating the vessel’s name, position and a description of the incident shall be made prior to the vessel proceeding as soon as the master becomes aware of any of the following conditions:

  1. the occurrence on board the ship of any fire;
  2. the involvement of the ship in a collision, grounding or striking;
  3. any defect in the ship's hull, main propulsion systems or steering systems, radars, compasses, radio equipment, anchors or cables;
  4. any discharge or probable discharge of a pollutant from the ship into the water;
  5. another ship in apparent difficulty;
  6. any obstruction to navigation;
  7. any aid to navigation that is functioning improperly, damaged, off-position or missing;
  8. the presence of any pollutant in the water;
  9. the presence of a ship that may impede the movement of other ships; and
  10. any ice and weather conditions that are detrimental to safe navigation.

Notes:

Items f), g) and h) are not required if the information has been previously promulgated by a Notice to Shipping.

Mariners are encouraged to provide, on a voluntary basis, any information pertaining to charts and publications which may not be on board so that arrangements can be made to embark the necessary items.

3.6.3 ECAREG - Information Requirements

ECAREG zone reports shall be communicated directly to ECAREG or to the nearest Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services centre. All times given in ECAREG zone reports shall be Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Dependent upon the reporting requirement, various elements of the following may be required to be reported.

  1. the name of the ship;
  2. the radio call sign of the ship;
  3. the name of the master of the ship;
  4. the position of the ship;
  5. the time the ship arrived at the position;
  6. the course of the ship, if any;
  7. the speed of the ship, if any;
  8. the prevailing weather conditions (including ice if applicable);
  9. the estimated time that the ship will enter the Eastern Canada VTS Zone;
  10. the estimated time that the ship will depart the berth;
  11. the destination of the ship;
  12. the estimated time of arrival of the ship at the destination;
  13. the route the ship intends to take through the Eastern Canada VTS zone to arrive at the destination;
  14. the name of the last port of call of the ship;
  15. the draft of the ship;
  16. any dangerous goods, listed by class, or pollutant, that is carried on board the ship or a vessel being towed or pushed by the ship;
  17. revoked;
  18. any defect in the ship's hull, main propulsion systems or steering systems, radars, compasses, radio equipment, anchors or cables;
  19. any discharge, or threat of discharge, of a pollutant from the ship into the water, and any damage to the ship that may result in the discharge of a pollutant from the ship into the water;
  20. the name of the Canadian or United States agent of the ship; and
  21. the date of expiration of a certificate referred to in Article VII of the International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage, 1969/1992, the International Oil Pollution Prevention Certificate, the International Pollution Prevention Certificate for the Carriage of Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk, the Certificate of Fitness and the Certificate of Compliance, if any issued to the ship. (The following is also requested: the date and expiration of the ISM Safety Management Certificate, the ISM document of compliance, and the International Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage, 2001 Certificate (known as Bunkers Convention Certificate), if any, issued to the ship.)

3.6.4 ECAREG Zone Reports

3.6.4.1 Prior to Entering the Zone

A report containing all the required information listed, except item j), shall be made 24 hours prior to entering the zone, or as soon as practical where the estimated time of arrival of the ship at the zone is less than 24 hours after the time the ship departed for the last port of call.

This report is not required where:

  1. the ship is on a voyage between two ports within the zone; and
  2. the ship is entering the zone directly from the Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Service zone, and is in possession of a valid NORDREG Clearance.

3.6.4.2 Entering at Zone Boundary

A report containing the required information listed in a), b), d), h) and i), shall be made immediately before the ship crosses the zone boundary when entering the zone.

This report is not required when entering directly from a local VTS zone.

3.6.4.3 Arrival at Berth

A report containing the required information listed in a) and b), as well as the following information:

  1. port of arrival; and
  2. time of arrival;

Shall be made on arrival of the ship at a berth.

3.6.4.4 Departing Berth

A report containing the required information, except item a), shall be made two hours before a ship departs a berth.

A traffic clearance to depart a berth is valid for one hour from the estimated time of departure. Where a traffic clearance to depart berth has expired because of a revised time of departure, a new traffic clearance is required. In this case, the report need only contain the ship's name, call-sign, position and revised time of departure.

This report is not required where the ship is proceeding to another berth in the same port.

3.6.4.5 Exiting the Zone

A report containing the required information listed in a), b), d) and h), shall be made immediately before the ship crosses the seaward boundary.

In a case where exiting a zone coincides with entering a local VTS zone, this report is not required. Procedures as local VTS zone reporting requirements shall be followed.

ECAREG Coordinates

ECAREG reports shall be sent to:

Halifax MCTS Centre
Telephone: 902-426-4956
Facsimile: 902-426-4483
Email: HLXECAREG1@INNAV.GC.CA

Les Escoumins MCTS Centre
Telephone: 418-233-2194
Facsimile: 418-233-3299
Email: ECAREG.ESCOUMINS@INNAV.GC.CA

3.6.5 NORDREG Zone Reports

3.6.5.1 Format

NORDREG reports shall be addressed to NORDREG CANADA and communicated either directly to NORDREG CANADA or to the nearest Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services centre. All times indicated in NORDREG reports shall be in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). The master of a ship shall ensure that these reports are made in accordance with the stated requirements.

The information requested from the ships is derived from the standard reporting format shown in International Maritime Organization resolution A.851(20) – General Principles for Ship Reporting Systems and Ship Reporting Requirements, Including Guidelines for Reporting Incidents Involving Dangerous Goods, Harmful Substances and/or Marine Pollutants.

Every report shall begin with the term “NORDREG” (system identifier) and be followed by whichever of the following two letters corresponds to the report:

  1. “SP”, in the case of a sailing plan report;
  2. “PR”, in the case of a position report;
  3. “FR”, in the case of a final report;
  4. “DR”, in the case of a deviation report.

The report must include the applicable designators followed by the information required in accordance with the Table 3-1 - NORDREG Zone Report: Designators and Information Required.

3.6.5.2 Content and Time and Geographical Position for Submitting Reports

Vessels shall send a report as follows, and provide the information required in accordance with the Table 3-1 that corresponds to the designators specified.

3.6.5.3 When the Vessel is About to Enter the NORDREG Zone

A sailing plan report (SP) shall be provided when the vessel is about to enter the NORDREG zone and must include the following designators: A, B, C or D, E, F, G, H, I, L, O, P, Q, S, T, W, and X.

Note

Designators O, Q, T are not required when entering directly from the ECAREG zone.

Vessels about to enter the NORDREG zone should provide the sailing plan report 24 hours in advance of entering the zone, or as soon as possible after leaving a port that is less than 24 hours from the NORDREG zone. This ensures vessels are not delayed in obtaining a clearance from Marine Communications and Traffic Services and enables Marine Communications and Traffic Services to assess current conditions and prepare relevant safety information for the vessel.2

Note

2 Vessels must obtain a clearance from MCTS before entering the NORDREG zone.

3.6.5.4 Departing a Berth / Anchorage

A sailing plan report (SP) shall be provided more than one hour but not more than two hours before a vessel departs from a berth within the NORDREG zone, unless the vessel is moving to another berth in the same port. The sailing plan report must include the following designators: A, B, C or D, H, I, L, O, P, Q, S, T, W, and X.

Note

Designators O, P, Q, S, T, W, X are not required if the corresponding information has not changed since the previous sailing plan report.

3.6.5.5 Getting Underway After an Incident

A sailing plan report (SP) shall be provided immediately before a vessels gets underway within the NORDREG zone if the vessel; has been stranded, has stopped as a result of a breakdown in the main propulsion systems or steering systems, or has been involved in a collision. The sailing plan report must include the following designators: A, B, either C or D, I, L, O, P, Q, S, T, W and X.

Note:

Designators O, P, Q, S, T, W, X are not required if the corresponding information has not changed since the previous sailing plan report.

3.6.5.6 Entering at Zone Boundary

A position report (PR) shall be provided immediately after a vessel enters the NORDREG zone and must include the following designators: A, B, C or D, E, F, and S.

3.6.5.7 Daily

A position report (PR) shall be provided daily at 16:00 UTC, unless the vessel is transmitting LRIT information. The position report shall include the following designators: A, B, C or D, E, F, and S.

3.6.5.8 Other Situations

A position report (PR) shall be provided with designators A, B, C or D, E, F, S and X as soon as feasible after a vessel’s master becomes aware of any of the following:

  1. another vessel in apparent difficulty;
  2. any obstruction to navigation;
  3. any aid to navigation that is not functioning properly or is damaged, out of position or missing;
  4. any ice or weather conditions that are hazardous to safe navigation; and
  5. a pollutant in the water.

3.6.5.9 Arrival at Berth / Anchorage

A final report (FR) shall be provided on the arrival of a vessel at a berth within the NORDREG zone and include the following designators: A and K.

3.6.5.10 Exiting the Zone

A final report (FR) shall be provided immediately before a vessel exits the NORDREG zone and include the following designators: A and K

3.6.5.11 Deviation Report

A deviation report (DR) shall be provided when a vessel’s position varies significantly from the position that was expected based on the sailing plan report, or when a vessel’s intended voyage changes from the sailing plan report. The deviation report must include the following designators: A, B, either C or D and the other designators included in the sailing plan report if the corresponding information has changed since that report.

Table 3-1 - NORDREG Zone Report: Designators and Information Required

NORDREG Zone Report: Designators and Information Required
DesignatorSubjectInformation
A Vessel The vessel’s name, the name of the state whose flag the vessel is entitled to fly and, if applicable, the vessel’s call sign, International Maritime Organization ship identification number and Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number.
B Date and time Date and time corresponding to the vessel’s position under designator C or D given in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). A 6-digit group followed by a Z, the first 2 digits giving the day of the month, the next two digits giving the hour and the last two digits giving the minutes.

C

or

D

Vessel's position by latitude and longitude A 4-digit group giving latitude in degrees and minutes suffixed with N and a 5-digit group giving longitude in degrees and minutes suffixed with W.
Vessel's position by geographical name of place If the vessel is at a known place, the name of the place. If the vessel is not at a known place, the name of a known place followed by the vessel's true bearing (3-digits) and distance in nautical miles from the place.
E Vessel's course True course. A 3-digit group.
F Vessel's speed Speed in knots. A 2-digit group.
G The vessel's last port of call The name of the port of call.
H Vessel's entry into the NORDREG zone or departure from a berth within the NORDREG zone Estimated date and time the vessel will enter the NORDREG zone or depart the berth within the NORDREG zone, as appropriate. Date and time expressed as under designator B and entry or departure position expressed as under designator C or D.
I Vessel's destination and expected time of arrival The name of the destination followed by expected time of arrival, expressed as under designator B.
K Vessel's exit from the NORDREG zone or arrival at the vessel's destination Date and time vessel exits the NORDREG zone or arrives at its berth within the NORDREG zone. Exit date and time expressed as under designator B and exit or arrival position expressed as under designator C or D.
L Vessel's intended route A brief description of the intended route through the NORDREG zone.
O Vessel's maximum present static draught A 4-digit group giving metres and centimetres.
P Cargo A brief description of the vessel's cargo and the cargo of any vessel being towed or pushed. The description must include:
  1. in the case of a dangerous good, the class and quantity; and
  2. in the case of a pollutant, the technical name and quantity.
Q Defects, damage and deficiencies, as well as circumstances adversely affecting the vessel's normal navigation Brief details of any defects, damage or deficiencies of the vessel or its machinery, equipment or charts and nautical publications, or circumstances that adversely affect normal navigation.
S Weather and ice A brief description of the prevailing weather and ice conditions.
T Vessel's authorized representative, agent or owner The name and contact information of;
  1. in the case of a Canadian vessel, its authorized representative;
  2. in the case of a foreign vessel, its Canadian or American agent or owner;
  3. in the case of a pleasure craft that is not a Canadian vessel, the pleasure craft's owner.
W Persons on board the vessel The number of persons.
X

Additional information for sailing plan report

 

 

 

Information to be reported in a position report in certain situations

  1. In the case of a sailing plan report the following information:
    1. the total amount of oil on board that is for use as fuel or carried as cargo, expressed in cubic metres;
    2. if the vessel's owner or master holds an arctic pollution prevention certificate in respect of the vessel; the certificate's expiry date and the name of its issuing authority;
    3. the vessel's ice class, if applicable, and the name of the classification society that assigned the ice class;
    4. if the vessel is getting underway after having been stranded, stopped as a result of a breakdown in the main propulsion or steering system or involved in a collision; a brief description of the applicable incident.
  2. In the case of a position report required after becoming aware of: another vessel in difficulty; any obstruction to navigation; an aid to navigation that is not functioning properly or is damaged, out of position or missing; any ice or weather conditions that are hazardous to safe navigation and a pollutant in the water - then a brief description of the applicable matter.

NORDREG Coordinates

NORDREG reports shall be sent to:

Iqaluit MCTS Centre

Telephone: 867-979-5724
Facsimile: 867-979-4264
Telex (Telefax): 063-15529
Telegraphic Identifier: NORDREG CDA

Email: IQANORDREG@INNAV.GC.CA

Operational from approximately mid-May to late December

Prescott MCTS Centre

Telephone: 613-925-4471
Facsimile: 613-925-4519

Email: IQANORDREG@INNAV.GC.CA

Operational from approximately late December to mid-May

3.6.5.12 Local Vessel Traffic Services Zone Reports

With respect to local VTS zones as specified in the Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations the master of a ship shall report to a Marine Communications and Traffic Services officer in accordance with the following requirements.

3.6.5.13 Information Required

Dependent upon the reporting requirement the following information may be required to be reported:

  1. the name of the ship;
  2. the radio call sign of the ship;
  3. the position of the ship;
  4. the estimated time that the ship will enter the VTS zone;
  5. the destination of the ship;
  6. the estimated time that the ship will arrive at its destination;
  7. whether any pollutant or dangerous goods cargo is carried on board the ship or any vessel or object being towed or pushed by the ship;
  8. the estimated time that the ship will depart the berth; and
  9. the estimated time at which the ship will next arrive at a location requiring a report.

3.6.5.14 Entering a Zone

At least 15 minutes before a ship intends to enter a VTS zone, a report shall be made specifying the information listed in a), b), c), d), e), f) and g).

Exception: Ships already in possession of a valid Traffic Clearance issued by ECAREG, NORDREG or another Vessel Traffic Services zone are not required to provide this report.

3.6.5.15 Arrival at a Calling-In-Point (CIP)

When a ship arrives at a CIP a report shall be made specifying the information listed in a), c) and i).

3.6.5.16 Arrival at Berth

As soon as practicable after a ship arrives at a berth, a report shall be made specifying the information listed in a) and c).

3.6.5.17 Departure Manoeuvre

Departure manoeuvre is defined as an operation during which a vessel leaves a berth and gets safely underway:

  1. immediately before commencing a departure manoeuvre, a report shall be made specifying the information listed in a), b), c), e), f), g) and h);
  2. immediately after completing the departure manoeuvre, a report shall be made specifying the information listed in a), c) and i).

3.6.5.18 Manoeuvres

A traffic clearance is required 15 minutes prior to commencing any manoeuvre such as:

  1. a compass adjustment;
  2. the calibration and servicing of navigational aids;
  3. a sea trial;
  4. a dredging operation; and
  5. the laying, picking up and servicing of submarine cables; or any other manoeuvre that may be detrimental to safe navigation.

Prior to commencing a manoeuvre a report shall be made specifying the information listed in a) and c), plus a description of the intended manoeuvre.

As soon as practical after the manoeuvre is completed, a report describing the manoeuvre just completed shall be made.

3.6.5.19 Variations

Ferries and other vessels on regularly scheduled voyages may be exempted from making routine reports. Formal variations to reporting procedures will be granted only where alternate arrangements to provide essential information are made and where the equivalent procedure or practice is deemed to be as safe as that required in the regulations.

Formal variations may be obtained by submitting a written request to the appropriate Regional Marine Communications and Traffic Services Superintendent, Canadian Coast Guard (see Section 1.7). In circumstances other than those described above, informal variations may be granted from time to time on a one time only basis by a Marine Communications and Traffic Services officer where the procedure or practice requested is deemed to be as safe as that required in the regulations.

3.6.5.20 Pre-Arrival Information Report (PAIR)

The Canadian Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR) require a Pre-Arrival Information Report (PAIR) to be filed prior to entry into Canadian waters. Message format and contact information are found in PART 4.

Figure 3-1 - Vessel Traffic Services - Atlantic Coast

Atlantic Coast VTS ECAREG (chart)

Text description of Figure 3-1 Vessel Traffic Services Atlantic Coast

Figure 3-2 - Vessel Traffic Services - Northern Canada (NORDREG) Zone

Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services (NORDREG) Zone (chart)

Text description of Figure 3-2 Vessel Traffic Services Northern Canada (NORDREG) Zone

3.7 Vessel Traffic Services Zone Schedules

3.7.1 Bay of Fundy

Note:

Latitude and longitude positions given for the Bay of Fundy Vessel Traffic Services Zone are in NAD 83.

The Bay of Fundy Vessel Traffic Services zone comprises all Canadian waters contained within the area bounded by a line drawn in a 270° True direction from Chebogue Point in position 43°43’54.3”N, 066°07’08.0”W; thence through the following positions:

43°43’54.3”N 066°26’28”W, 43°58’45.3”N 066°27’43”W, 44°09’30.3”N 066°47’01”W, 44°11’50.3”N 066°49’31”W, 44°14’57.3”N 066°52’40”W, 44°17’21.2”N 066°55’08”W, 44°22’30.2”N 067°18’58.1”W, 44°29’50.2”N 067°15’08.1”W, 44°35’30.2”N 067°08’13”W, 44°42’00.2”N 066°58’22”W, 44°46’35.6”N 066°54’09.2”W thence along the Canada/USA boundary line to the shore at 45°11’30.5”N 067°17’00.6”W; thence following the Canadian shores of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia back to the beginning at Chebogue Point, including Fishing Zone 2.

Table 3-2 Sectors and Boundaries for the Bay of Fundy

Sectors and Boundaries for the Bay of Fundy
SectorBoundaries
1 The outer limit of the zone, and a line joining the following positions: 45°03′29.2″N 066°27′32.8″W, 44°53′14.6″N 066°36′00.1″W, 44°43′08.8″N 066°44′16.6″W, 44°36′38″N 065°56′28.7″W.
2 From the inner boundary of sector 1 eastward to a line joining 45°19′22.5″N 065°32′05.4″W; and 44°56′54.3″N 065°15′49.4″W, and including the waters of Saint John Harbour northward to a line joining Pleasant Point, 45°16′28.7″N 66°05′47.1″W; and Pokiok, 45°16′38.3″N 066°05′34.5″W.
3 All of the waters encompassed by the shores of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia east of a line joining 45°19′22.5″N 065°32′05.4″W; and 44°56′54.3″N 065°15′49.4″W; which is described as the eastern limit of sector 2.
 

Table 3-3 Identification and Frequencies for the Bay of Fundy

Identification and Frequencies
SectorIdentifierChannelFrequency (MHz)
1 "Fundy Traffic" 14 156.7
2 "Fundy Traffic" 12 156.6
3 "Fundy Traffic" 71 156.575

Note:

Fundy Traffic monitors navigation in the traffic zone using radar and Automatic Identification System (AIS).

 

Table 3-4 Calling-In-Points for the Bay of Fundy

Calling-In-Points for the Bay of Fundy
NumberSectorNameGeneral Description and ConditionsGeographic Description
1A 1   Southwest entrance to traffic separation scheme
Inward.
A point at 44°10′40.3″N 066°48′16″W.
1B 1   Southwest exit from traffic separation scheme
Outward.
A point at 44°16′09.3″N 066°53′54″W.
2A 1   Inward traffic only. A point at 44°19′11.4″N 066°34′12.4″W.
2B 1   Outward traffic only. A point at 44°23′16.9″N 066°39′28″W.
3A 1   Inward traffic only. A point at 44°30′09.3″N 066°15′56.5″W.
3B 1   Outward traffic only. A point at 44°32′25.8″N 066°20′46″W.
4A 1 & 2   Sector boundary – Inward traffic only. A point at 44°38′53.3″N 066°12′43.9″W.
4B 2   Outward traffic only. A point at 44°50′17.8″N 066°14′19.5″W.
4C 2   Inward traffic only. A point at 44°44′49.1″N 066°10′32.7″W.
4D 1 & 2   Sector boundary – Outward traffic only. A point at 44°39′38.1″N 066°18′11.2″W.
4E 2   Entrance to/exit from traffic separation scheme. A point at 44°49′38.3″N 066°23′40.2″W.
5A 2   North exit from traffic separation scheme -
Inward traffic only.
A point at 45°01′45.3″N 066°04′08.4″W.
5B 2   North entrance to traffic separation scheme –
Outward traffic only.
A point at 45°02′45.3″N 066°09′35.4″W.
6 2 Saint John Harbour light and whistle Buoy J   A line joining:
45°13′30.4″N 066°05′45.1″W; 45°12′55.3″N 066°02′36.9″W; & 45°12′59.3″N 066°00′28.2″W.
7 2 Partridge Island   A line joining:
45°14′10.3″N 066°03′12.1″W; and 45°14′20.3″N 066°00′07.9″W.
8 2     A point at 45°15′30.3″N 066°03′31.3″W.
9 2     A point at 45°16′10.9″N 066°04′24.9″W.
10 2     A point at 45°16′00.5″N 066°05′39.1″W.
11 2     A point at 45°15′51.5″N 066°02′37.6″W.
1C 1   Outer boundary – Sector 1 A line joining:
44°17′21.2″N 066°55′08″W; and 44°22′30.2″N 067°18′58.1″W.
1E 1   Outer boundary – Sector 1 Grand Manan Channel A line joining:
44°22′30.2″N 067°18′58.1″W; 44°29′50.2″N 067°15′08.1″W, 44°35′30.2″N 067°08′13″W; 44°42′00.2″N 066°58′22″W; 44°46′35.6″N 066°54′09.2″W; 44°47′39.1″N 066°53′07.5″W.
1P 1   Grand Manan Channel A line joining:
44°45′35.7″N 066°50′01.9″W, & 44°45′37″N 066°50′03″W, and thence along the boundary between Fishing zones 2 & 4 to 44°47′39.1″N 066°53′07.5″W; thence, along the Canada/US boundary to 44°49′31.8″N 066°55′57.3″W, and along the extension of this boundary to 44°50′16.8″N 066°57′05.2″W.
2P 1   Campobello Island to The Wolves A line joining:
44°55′57.4″N 066°53′55.3″W; and 44°56′09.8″N 066°44′04.3″W.
2R 1   Southwest Wolf Island to sector boundary A line joining:
44°56′10.6″N 066°43′57.7″W; and 44°53′14.6″N 066°36′00.1″W.
3Q 1 & 2   Sector Boundary A line joining:
44°43′08.8″N 066°44′16.6″W, 44°53′14.6″N 066°36′00.1″W, 45°03′29.2″N 066°27′32.8″W.
5R 2     A line joining:
45°03′00.3″N 066°10′58″W; 45°03′36.3″N 066°12′22″W; 45°07′06.7″N 066°20′50.8″W.
3P 1     A line joining:
45°02′19.6″N 066°48′31.1″W; 44°55′57.4″N 066°53′55.3″W.
4P 1   Head Harbour Passage A line joining:
44°56′48.5″N 066°58′14″W; 44°55′40.6″N 066°56′37.4″W.
5P 1   Passamaquoddy Bay A line joining:
45°04′17″N 066°55′12.6″W; and a position on the Canada/US boundary line at 45°01′36.7″N 067°03′56.6″W.
1M 1   Outer boundary – Sector 1 southwest of Brier Island A line joining:
43°58′45.3″N 066°27′43″W; 44°09′30.3″N 066°47′01″W.
2M 1   Entrance to St. Mary's Bay A line joining:
44°05′12″N 066°12′42.8″W; 44°12′08.3″N 066°23′09″W.
3M 1   South end of Petit Passage An arc centered on 44°22′21″N 066°12′12″W; Radius 1½ NM, and extending from shore to shore in the waters of St. Mary's Bay, connecting the following points: 44°23′31.3″N 066°10′53.6″W; 44°21′15.2″N 066°10′46.4″W; & 44°21′19.9″N 066°13′44.1″W.
4M 1   North end of Petit Passage An arc centered on 44°24′14.5″N 066°12′55″W; Radius 1½ NM, and extending from shore to shore in the waters of the Bay of Fundy, connecting the following points: 44°23′02.8″N 066°14′10.8″W; 44°25′19.6″N 066°14′21.7″W; & 44°25′21.9″N 066°11′31.8″W.
6M 2     A line joining:
44°39′56.6″N 065°49′57.2″W and 45°01′30.3″N 066°02′46″W.
5U 2     A line joining:
45°08′02.3″N 065°50′56.9″W; and 45°15′24.3″N 065°48′39.9″W.
1D 2   Entrance/Exit to Digby Gut An arc centered on 44°42′38.8″N 065°46′23.9″W; Radius 2 NM and extending from shore to shore in the waters of the Bay of Fundy, connecting the following points: 44°41′03.7″N 065°48′06.6″W; 44°44′00.3″N 065°48′27.5″W & 44°43′09.9″N 065°43′41.4″W.
5S 2     A line joining:
45°01′30.3″N 066°02′46″W and 45°08′02.3″N 065°50′56.9″W.
8U 2 & 3   Boundary – Sectors 2 / 3 A line joining:
45°19′22.5″N 065°32′05.4″W and 44°56′54.3″N 065°15′49.4″W.
1L 1   Outer boundary – Sector 1 west of Yarmouth, NS A line joining:
43°43′54.3″N 066°26′28″W and 43°58′45.3″N 066°27′43″W.
1Y 1   Outer boundary – Bay of Fundy VTS yone near Yarmouth, NS A line joining:
43°43′54.3″N 066°07′08″W and 43°43′54.3″N 066°26′28″W.
2Y 1   Yarmouth Sound An arc centered on 43°46′57.3″N 066°09′29.5″W; Radius 1½ NM, and extending from shore to shore in the waters off Yarmouth Sound, connecting the following points: 43°46′08.4″N 066°07′45.2″W; 43°46′29.7″N 066°11′27.7″W and 43°48′24.5″N 066°10′00.3″W.

All times shall be given in Atlantic Standard Time or Atlantic Daylight Saving Time, whichever is in effect.

Figure 3-3 - Vessel Traffic Services - Bay of Fundy

Vessel Traffic Services - Bay of Fundy

Text description of Figure 3-3 Vessel Traffic Services for the Bay of Fundy

3.7.2 Halifax Harbour and Approaches

Note:

Latitude and longitude positions given for Halifax Harbour and Approaches Vessel Traffic Services zone are in NAD 83.

The Halifax Vessel Traffic Services zone comprises all Canadian waters contained within an area bounded by a line connecting points from Point Pennant, 44°25’53.8”N 063°38’56.5”W; to position 44°17’41.3”N 063°35’09.6”W; to the Canadian territorial boundary at 44°14’02”N 063°30’50.3”W; thence, along Canada‘s territorial boundary to a point at 44°22’43.5”N 063°13’48.5”W, and thence, along a line to Petpeswick (Collies) Head, 44°40’43.3”N 063°09’44.2”W.

Note:

Halifax Traffic monitors navigation in the traffic zone using radar and Automatic Identification System (AIS).

 

Table 3-5 - Sectors and Boundaries for Halifax Harbour and Approaches

Sectors and Boundaries for Halifax Harbour and Approaches
SectorBoundaries
1 The seaward boundary of the zone, and a line connecting points from Hartlen Point, 44°35’20.5”N 063°27’05.8”W; to position 44°30’13.8”N 063°28’46.7”W; thence, to Duncan Reef light buoy, H1, 44°29’36”N 063°30’34”W, and thence, to the shore west of Duncan Reef, 44°29’36”N 063°31’28.1”W.
2 The inner boundary of sector 1 and the shoreline northward and westward of the inner boundary of sector 1.
 

Table 3-6 - Identification and Frequencies for Halifax Harbour and Approaches

Identification and Frequencies for Halifax Harbour and Approaches
SectorIdentifierChannelFrequency (MHz)
1 "Halifax Traffic" 14 156.7
2 "Halifax Traffic" 12 156.6
 

Table 3-7 - Calling-In-Points for Halifax Harbour and Approaches

Calling-In-Points for Halifax Harbour and Approaches
NumberSectorNameGeneral Description and ConditionsGeographic Description
1A 1   Boundary limit. Entrance to traffic lane. A point at 44°27′35.6″N 063°12′42.6″W.
2A 1   Inward traffic only. A point at 44°27′39.3″N 063°19′37.6″W.
1B 1   Boundary limit. Traffic lane exit. A point at 44°23′42.7″N 063°13′35.2″W.
1C 1   Boundary limit. Entrance to traffic lane. A point at 44°18′13.2″N 063°19′57.3″W.
2C 1   Inward traffic only. A point at 44°22′44.6″N 063°23′21″W.
1D 1   Boundary limit. Traffic lane exit. A point at 44°15′46.2″N 063°24′26.4″W.
2D 1   Outward traffic only. A point at 44°24′14″N 063°28′09.1″W.
1E 1   Boundary limit. Entrance to traffic lane. A point at 44°14′47.8″N 063°31′44.4″W.
1F 1   Boundary limit. Traffic lane exit. A point at 44°17′07″N 063°34′29″W.
1S 1   Western limit of zone. A line joining:
44°25′53.8″ N 063°38′56.5″ W and 44°17′41.3″ N 063°35′09.6″ W.
1Y 1   Eastern limit of zone. A line joining:
44°40′43.3″N 063°09′44.2″W and 44°28′42.3″N 063°12′27.6″W.
3D 1   Outward traffic only. A point at 44°28′12.6″N 063°29′45.9″W.
4C 2 Inner Automatic Inward Vessels inward shall state whether passing east or west of Neverfail Shoal buoy. A point at 44°31′31.9″N 063°30′31.6″W.
4D 2 Inner Automatic Outward Vessels shall state course and ETA to 3D. A point at 44°31′15.2″N 063°31′16.1″W.
5 2 Neverfail Shoal   A line joining points at:
44°34′47.8″N 063°27′34″W; 44°33′23.2″N 063°31′51.9″W and 44°32′59.3″N 063°33′04.6″W.
6 2 Maugher Beach light Vessels outward shall state if passing east or west of Neverfail Shoal buoy. A line joining:
44°36′07.7″N 063°32′02.5″W and 44°35′50.2″N 063°33′04.7″W.
7 2 Ives Knoll Vessels inward shall state whether passing east or west of Georges Island. A line joining light buoy "HT2", 44°37′50.2″N 063°32′44.7″W; 44°37′33.9″N 063°33′34.7″W.
8 2 Indian Point   A line joining:
44°37′37.9″N 063°31′48.8″W and 44°37′59.1″N 063°31′31.8″W.
9 2 Ferry Track Vessels outward shall state whether passing east or west of Georges Island. A line joining:
44°39′47.3″N 063°34′09.9″W and 44°39′23.7″N 063°34′38.4″W.
10 2 Bedford Basin   A line joining:
44°40′18.9″N 063°37′25.6″W and 44°41′22.6″N 063°36′58.3″W.

All times shall be given in Atlantic Standard Time or Atlantic Daylight Saving Time, whichever is in effect.

Figure 3-4 - Vessel Traffic Services - Halifax

Vessel Traffic Services - Halifax

Text description of Figure 3-4 Vessel Traffic Services for Halifax

3.7.3 Northumberland Strait

Note:

Latitude and longitude positions given for the Northumberland Strait Vessel Traffic Services zone are in NAD 83.

 

Table 3-8 - Sector and Boundaries for Northumberland Strait

Sectors and Boundaries
SectorBoundaries
1 All waters of Northumberland Strait extending west from a line drawn between Cape Cliff, NS, 45°52′42.3″N 063°27′59.3″W, to Rice Point, PEI, 46°07′47.9″N 063°13′18.3″W, to a line drawn between Fagan Point, N.B., 46°13′41.8″N 064°13′42″W, to Cape Egmont, PEI, 46° 24′04.8″N 064°08′05.3″W.
 

Table 3-9 - Identification and Frequencies for Northumberland Strait

Identification and Frequencies
SectorIdentifierChannelFrequency (MHz)
1 "Northumberland Traffic" 12 156.6
 

Table 3-10 - Calling-In-Points for Northumberland Strait

Calling-In-Points
NumberSectorNameGeneral Description and ConditionsGeographic Description
1 1 Eastern Zone Boundary A line joining: Cape Cliff, NS, & Rice Point, PEI. A line joining:
45°52′42.3″N 063°27′59.3″W and 46°0747.9″N 063°13'18.3″W.
2 1 Eastern Approach Security Zone A line joining: Cape Tormentine, NB & Cape Traverse PEI. A line joining:
46°07'24.6″N 063°46'56.5″W and 46°13'51.2″N 063°38'58″W.
3 1 Western Approach Security Zone A line joining: Spence Cove, NB, & Gordon Cove, PEI. A line joining:
46°09'15.3″N 063°54'21.6″W and 46°17'34.1″N 063°43'53.1″W.
4 1 Western Zone Boundary A line joining: Fagan Point, NB, & Cape Egmont, PEI. A line joining:
46°13'41.8″N 064°13'42″W and 46°24'04.8″N 064°08'05.3″W.

All times shall be given in Atlantic Standard Time or Atlantic Daylight Saving Time, whichever is in effect.

Note:

Northumberland Traffic monitors navigation in the traffic zone using Automatic Identification System (AIS).

Figure 3-5 - Vessel Traffic Services - Northumberland Strait

NORTHUMBERLAND STRAIT VTS ZONE

Text description of Figure 3-5 Vessel Traffic Services for Northumberland Strait

3.7.4 Placentia Bay

Placentia Bay Vessel Traffic Services zone comprises all Canadian waters between a line bearing 180° True from Bass Point, 46°55’05”N 055°15’55”W; and a line bearing 180° True from Cape St. Mary's light, 46°49’22”N 054°11’49”W.

Table 3-11 - Sectors and Boundaries for Placentia Bay

Sectors and Boundaries for Placentia Bay
SectorBoundaries
1 The seaward limit of the zone and a line drawn in a 101° - 281° True direction through position 47°08′05N 054°30′00″W, and extended to the shore.
2 The inner limit of sector 1, and the shoreline north of the zone.
 

Table 3-12 - Identification and Frequencies for Placentia Bay

Identification and Boundaries for Placentia Bay
SectorIdentifierChannelFrequency (MHz)
1 "Placentia Traffic" 14 156.7
2 "Placentia Traffic" 12 156.6
 

Table 3-13 Calling-In-Points for Placentia Bay

Calling-In-Points for Placentia Bay
NumberSectorNameGeneral Description and ConditionsGeographic Description
1W 1     A line bearing 180° True from Bass Point, 46°55′05″N 055°15′55″W, to the limit of Canadian waters.
1S 1     A line following the Canadian Territorial Sea boundary from position 46°39′55″N 055°15′55″W, to position 46°31′02″N 054°11′49″W
1E 1     A line bearing 180° True from Cape St. Mary's light, 46°49′22″N 054°11′49″W, to the limit of Canadian waters.
1A 1   Inbound A point at 46°45′25″N 054°37′44″W
2A 1   Inbound A point at 46°49′46″N 054°33′30″W
3A 1   Inbound A point at 46°57′52″N 054°25′41″W
4A 2   Inbound A point at 47°03′21.1″N 054°20′17.9″W
5A 2   Inbound A point at 47°12′22″N 054°12′08″W
1B 1   Outbound A point at 46°49′18″N 054°46′15″W
2B 1   Outbound A point at 46°53′20″N 054°40′56″W
3B 1   Outbound A point at 47°00′44″N 054°31′18″W
4B 1   Outbound A point at 47°08′07″N 054°21′38″W
5B 2   Outbound A point at 47°13′54″N 054°15′24″W
6 2     A line 101° - 281° True through 47°23′01″N 054°05′13″W and extended to the shore.
7 2     A line 090° - 270° True through 47°31′55″N 054°00′32″W and extended to the shore.
8 2     A line 090° - 270° True through 47°37′01″N 054°01′53″W and extended to the shore.
9 2     A line 090° - 270° True through 47°42′35″N 054°03′22″W and extended to the shore.

All times shall be in Newfoundland Standard Time or Newfoundland Daylight Saving Time, whichever is in effect.

Note:

Placentia Traffic monitors navigation in the traffic zone using radar and Automatic Identification System (AIS).

Figure 3-6 - Vessel Traffic Services - Placentia Bay

PLACENTIA BAY VTS ZONE

Text description of Figure 3-6 Vessel Traffic Services for Placentia Bay

3.7.5 Port aux Basques

Port aux Basques Vessel Traffic Services zone comprises all Canadian waters adjacent to the west and southwest coasts of Newfoundland between a line bearing 232° True from Cape Ray Light, 47°37’17.1”N 059°18’16.8”W and a line bearing 180° True from Rose Blanche Pt. Light, 47°35’57”N 058°41’30”W.

Note:

Latitude and longitude positions given for the Port aux Basques Vessel Traffic Services zone are in NAD 83.

 

Table 3-14 - Sectors and Boundaries for Port aux Basques

Sectors and Boundaries for Port aux Basques
SectorBoundaries
1 From Cape Ray, at 47°37′04″N 059°18′05″W, along the boundary between Fishing zones 1 and 4, to position 47°29′56″N 059°32′20.4″W; thence along an arc centered on position 47°43′07″N 059°05′59.7″W, and connecting the following points: 47°28′18.1″N 059°30′21.7″W, 47°26′48.2″N 059°28′10″W, 47°25′27.1″N 059°25′46.3″W, 47°24′15.6″N 059°23′12.1″W, 47°23′14.4″N 059°20′28.6″W, 47°22′24″N 059°17′37.4″W, thence, along the Canadian Territorial Sea boundary to position 47°23′37.3″N 058°42′01.9″W; thence 000° True to Rose Blanche Point Light, at 47°36′06.5″N 058°41′40.4″W.

Note:

Port aux Basques Traffic monitors navigation in the traffic zone using radar and Automatic Identification System (AIS).

 

Table 3-15 - Identification and Frequencies for Port aux Basques

Identification and Frequencies for Port aux Basques
SectorIdentifierChannelFrequency (MHz)
1 "Port aux Basques Traffic" 11 156.55
 

Table 3-16 - Calling-In-Points for Port aux Basques

Calling-In-Points for Port aux Basques
NumberSectorNameGeneral Description and ConditionsGeographic Description
1 1 Cape Ray Off Cape Ray From Cape Ray, at 47°37′04″N 059°18′05″W, along the boundary between Fishing zones 1 and 4, to position 47°29′56″N 059°32′20.4″W.
2 1 Southern limit Crossing the southern zone limit An arc, centred on position 47°43′07″N 059°05′59.7″W, and connecting the following points: 47°29′56″N 059°32′20.4″W, 47°28′18.1″N 059°30′21.7″W, 47°26′48.2″N 059°28′10″W, 47°25′27.1″N 059°25′46.3″W, 47°24′15.6″N 059°23′12.1″W, 47°23′14.4″N 059°20′28.6″W, 47°22′24″N 059°17′37.4″W; - thence, along the Canadian Territorial Sea boundary to position 47°23′37.3″N 058°42′01.9″W.
3 1 Rose Blanche Off Rose Blanche Point A line bearing 180° True from Rose Blanche Point, at position 47°36′06.5″N 058°41′40.4″W, to the limit of Canadian waters at 47°23 37.3″N 058°42′01.9″W.
4 1 Ferry Track Crossing the Port aux Basques, NL, North Sydney, NS, recommended ferry track A line from position 47°33′00″N 059°07′27.4″W, to the southern limit of the zone at position 47°22′09″N 059°16′26.6″W.
5 1 5 NM off Channel Head 5 NM off Channel Head. An arc centered on 47°33′57″N 059°07′24.5″W, Radius 5 NM, and extending from shore to shore, connecting the following points: 47°35′09.7″N 059°00′14.4″W and 47°28′57″N 059°07′24.5″W and 47°36′02.8″N 059°14′07″W.
6 1 2 NM off Channel Head 2 NM off Channel Head An arc centered on 47°33′57″N 059°07′24.5″W, Radius 5 NM, and extending from shore to shore, connecting the following points: 47°34′27″N 059°04′32.8″W, 47°31′57″N 059°07′24.5″W and 47°34′12.2″N 059°10′20.4″W.

All times shall be given in Newfoundland Standard Time or Newfoundland Daylight Saving Time, whichever is in effect.

Figure 3-7 - Vessel Traffic Services - Port aux Basques

Vessel Traffic Services - Port aux Basques

Text description of Figure 3-7 Vessel Traffic Services for Port aux Basques

3.7.6 St. John's

St. John’s Vessel Traffic Services zone comprises all Canadian waters between a line bearing 090° True from Cape St. Francis Light, 47°48’32”N 052°47’09.6”W, and a line bearing 090° True from Bull Head Light 47°18’39”N 052°44’52”W, including the Port of St. John’s.

Note:

Latitude and longitude positions given for the St. John's Vessel Traffic Services zone are in NAD 83.

 

Table 3-17 - Sector and Boundaries for St. John's

Sector and Boundaries for St. John's
SectorBoundaries
1 A line from Cape St. Francis, 47°48′31.5″N 052°47′09.6″W easterly to the Territorial Sea boundary at position 47°48′29.5″N 052°25′30.1″W; thence along the Territorial Sea boundary to position 47°18′36.3″N 052°25′14.8″W, thence, westerly to North Head, 47°18′38"N 052°44′46″W
 

Table 3-18 - Identification and Frequencies for St. John's

Identification and Frequencies for St. John's
SectorIdentifierChannelFrequency (MHz)
1 "St. John's Traffic" 11 156.55
 

Table 3-19 - Calling-In-Points for St. John's

Calling-In-Points for St. John'
NumberSectorNameGeographic Description
1N 1 Cape St-Francis A line from 47°48′31.5″N 052°47′09.6″W, to the limit of Canadian territorial waters at 47°48′29.5″N 052°25′30.1″W.
1E 1 Eastern Zone Limit A line following the Canadian Territorial Sea Boundary from 47°48′29.5″N 052°25′30.1″W, to 47°18′36.3″N 052°25′14.8″W.
1S 1 North Head A line from 47°18′38″N 052°44′46″W, to the limit of Canadian territorial waters at 47°18′36.3″N 052°25′14.8″W.
2N 1 Torbay Point A line from 47°39′56.2″N 052°40′05″W, to the limit of Canadian territorial waters at 47°39′54.8″N 052°21′46.3″W.
2S 1 Motion Head A line from 47°26′11″N 052°39′33.2″W, to the limit of Canadian territorial waters at 47°26′09.5″N 052°20′50.9″W.
3 1 2 NM off St. John's An arc centred on Fort Amherst light, 47°33′47.9″N 052°40′49.6″W, and connecting points at 47°35′39.8″N 052°39′45.2″W; 47°33′35.4″N 052°37′53.2″W; and, 47°31′49.5″N 052°40′20.3″W.
4 1 Fort Amherst A point on the range line at 47°33′56.2″N 052°40′48.2″W, abeam Fort Amherst light at 47°33′47.9″N 052°40′49.6″W.

All times shall be given in Newfoundland Standard Time or Newfoundland Daylight Saving Time, whichever is in effect.

Note:

St. John's Traffic monitors navigation in the traffic zone using Automatic Identification System (AIS).

Figure 3-8 - Vessel Traffic Services - St. John's

Vessel Traffic Services - St. John's

Text description of Figure 3-8 Vessel Traffic Services for St. John's

3.7.7 St. Lawrence Waterway

The St. Lawrence Waterway Vessel Traffic Services zone comprises the waters of the St. Lawrence River extending upstream from the meridian of longitude 066°00’00 West to the upper limits of Montréal Harbour including the Saguenay River and other tributary rivers where vessels enter or leave the St. Lawrence River between the above limits, but excluding that portion of the St. Lawrence Seaway from St. Lambert lock to a position 650 metres downstream from the section of Jacques-Cartier bridge spanning the Seaway.

Table 3-20 - Sectors and Boundaries for St. Lawrence Waterway

Sectors and Boundaries for St. Lawrence Waterway
SectorBoundaries
1 The longitudinal meridian crossing the St. Lawrence River at 066°00′00″W, and a line at Pointe de Manicouagan joining positions 49°06′04.3″N 068°11′39.7″W; 48°42′00″N 067°52′00″W (NAD 83).
2 The inner boundary of sector 1 and a line at Cap du Basque joining positions 48°00′06″N 069°45′48″W, 47°58′25″N 069°37′51″W, and 47°52′35″N 069°33′02″W; including the Saguenay River (NAD 83).
3 The inner boundary of sector 2 and a line at Pointe St-Nicholas joining positions 46°42′07″N 071°26′47″W; and 46°43′38″N 071°27′33″W.
4 The inner boundary of sector 3 and a line at Tracy joining positions 46°00′48″N 073°09′49″W, and 46°01′00″N 073°11′00″W.
5 The inner boundary of sector 4 the upstream limit of the zone.
 

Table 3-21 - Identification and Frequencies for St. Lawrence Waterway

Identification and Frequencies for St. Lawrence Waterway
SectorIdentifierChannelFrequency (MHz)
1 Escoumins Traffic 14 156.7
2 Escoumins Traffic 9 156.45
3 Québec Traffic 12 156.6
4 Québec Traffic 13 156.65
5 Québec Traffic 10 156.5
 

Table 3-22 - Calling-In-Points for St. Lawrence Waterway

Calling-In-Points for St. Lawrence Waterway
NumberSectorNameGeneral Description and ConditionsGeographic Description
1 1   Zone limit Meridian Longitude 066°00′00″W.
1A 1 66W Eastern zone limit Inbound A point at 50°05′30″N 066°00′00″W.
1B 1 66W Eastern zone limit Outbound A point at 50°01′25″N 066°00′00W.
1C 1 66W Eastern zone limit Inbound A point at 49°59′20″N 066°00′00W.
1D 1 66W Eastern zone limit Outbound A point at 49°52′30″N 066°00′00W.
1E 1 66W Eastern zone limit Inbound A point at 49°38′40″N 066°00′00″W.
1F 1 66W Eastern zone limit Outbound A point at 49°34′25″N 066°00′00″W.
1G 1 66W Eastern zone limit Inbound A point at 49°26′15″N 066°00′00″W.
1H 1 66W Eastern zone limit Outbound A point at 49°22′00″N 066°00′00″W.
2 1 Pointe des Monts   A line joining:
49°19′00″N 067°22′30″W & 48°55′18″N 067°16′18″W.
2A 1 Pointe des Monts Upbound A point at 49°13′40″N 067°21′20″W.
2B 1 Pointe des Monts Downbound A point at 49°07′30″N 067°19′30″W.
3 1/2 Pointe Manicouagan   A line joining 49°06′04.3″N 068°11′39.7″W and 48°42′00″N 067°52′00″W.
3A 1/2 Pointe Manicouagan Sector boundary Upbound A point at 48°55′45″N 068°03′20″W.
3B 1/2 Pointe Manicouagan Sector boundary Downbound A point at 48°52′20″N 068°00′00″W.
4 2 Pointe au Boisvert   A line joining 48°33′55″N 069°08′32″W and 48°19′42″N 068°50′18″W.
4A 2 Pointe au Boisvert Upbound A point at 48°30′00″N 069°03′00″W.
4B 2 Pointe au Boisvert Downbound A point at 48°26′48″N 068°59′20″W.
5A 2   Upbound A point at 48°20′54″N 069°19′36″W.
5 2 Les Escoumins   A line joining 48°19′05″N 069°24′53″W & 48°08′05″N 069°11′14″W.
5B 2 Les Escoumins Downbound only A point at 48°15′00″N 069°20′00″W.
6 2 Prince Shoal Light   A line joining 48°09′36″N 069°39′00″W; 48°06′30″N 069°36′53″W; and 48°05′38″N 069°34′01″W and a line joining 48°04′10″N 069°33′19″W; and 48°03′04″N 069°25′29″W.
S1 2 Île St-Louis (Saguenay River)   A line joining 48°15′03″N 070°01′09″W; 48°15′45″N 070°01′00″W.
S2 2 Chicoutimi   A point at 48°25′20″N 070°52′50″W.
7 2/3 Île Blanche Sector boundary A line joining 48°00′06″N 069°45′48″W; 47°58′25″N 069°37′51″W; 47°52′35″N 069°33′02″W.
8 3 Cap aux Oies St Roch   A line joining 47°29′18″N 070°13′55″W and 47°18′42″N 070°10′42″W.
9 3 Sault au Cochon/ Beaujeu   A line joining 47°11′49″N 070°38′16″W and 47°05′12″N 070°25′30″W.
10 3 Saint-Laurent   A line joining 46°51′33″N 071°00′16″W and 46°50′09″N 070°59′15″W.
11 3 Sainte Pétronille (Île d'Orléans) Upbound only A line joining 46°50′41.5″N 071°07′57″W and 46°49′42″N 071°07′42″W.
12 3 Québec   A line joining 46°48′38″N 071°12′12″W and 46°48′27″N 071°11′18″W.
13 3 Sillery Downbound only A line joining 46°46′19″N 071°14′37″W and 46°45′50″N 071°13′50″W.
14 3/4 St-Nicolas Sector boundary A line joining 46°42′07″N 071°26′47″W and 46°43′38″N 071°27′33″W.
15 4 Ste-Croix   A line joining 46°37′40″N 071°42′00″W and 46°40′09″N 071°42′16″W.
16 4 Grondines   A line joining 46°35′14″N 072°02′26″W and 46°33′39″N 072°01′18″W.
17 4 Batiscan   A line joining 46°30′02″N 072°14′47″W and 46°29′51″N 072°12′27″W.
18 4 Cap de la Madeleine Upbound only A line joining 46°21′58.1″N 072°29′47.4″W and 46°21′47″N 072°28′04″W.
19 4 Pointe des Ormes   A line joining 46°18′14″N 072°34′39″W and 46°17′24″N 072°34′15″W.
20 4 Port Saint-François Downbound only A line joining 46°16′21.5″N 072°37′10″W and 46°16′50″N 072°37′48.5″W.
21 4 Yamachiche   A line joining 46°12′53″N 072°49′11.5″W and 46°12′28.9″N 072°48′55″W.
22 4 Île des Barques   A line joining 46°05′24″N 073°00′43″W and 46°05′08″N 073°00′13″W.
23 4/5 Tracy Sector boundary A line joining 46°00′48″N 073°09′49 ″W and 46°01′00″N 073°11′00″W.
24 5 Contrecoeur   A line joining 45°49′55.3″N 073°16′55.7″W and 45°50′15″N 073°17′31″W.
25 5 Cap St-Michel   A line joining 45°44′05″N 073°26′40″W and 45°43′30″N 073°25′15″W.
26 5 Section 110   A point at 45°37′54″N 073°29′18″W.
27 5 Calling in Point 2   A point at 45°31′36″N 073°31′39″W.

All times shall be given in Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight Saving Time, whichever is in effect.

Note:

Les Escoumins and Québec Traffic monitor navigation in the traffic zone using radar and Automatic Identification System (AIS).

Figure 3-9 - Vessel Traffic Services - St. Lawrence River

Vessel Traffic Services - St. Lawrence River

Vessel Traffic Services - St. Lawrence River

Vessel Traffic Services - St. Lawrence River

Vessel Traffic Services - St. Lawrence River

These charts (figures above) do not yet reflect the CIP changes.

Text Description of Figure 3-9 Vessel Traffic Services for St. Lawrence River

3.7.8 Sarnia Zone and Areas

3.7.8.1 Sarnia Vessel Traffic Services Zone

Sarnia Vessel Traffic Services zone is comprised of the waters from Lake Huron Cut light buoy "11" to buoys 1 in the East and West Outer Channels in Lake Erie.

NUMERICAL C-I-P's identify mandatory calling-in-points under the St. Clair and Detroit River Navigation Safety Regulations.

3.7.8.2 Sarnia Vessel Traffic Services Areas

Sarnia Vessel Traffic Services Areas are comprised of Canadian waters in Lake Huron from Detour Reef light to Lake Huron Cut light buoy "11", and Canadian waters in Lake Erie from East and West Outer Channel buoys "1" to Long Point light. Ships in these areas are required to guard the International Distress, Safety and Calling Frequency 156.8 MHz (Channel 16).

ALPHABETICAL C-I-P's identify voluntary calling-in-points in the Sarnia Vessel Traffic Services Areas.

3.7.8.3 Application

Within the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers, mariners should be guided by the traffic reporting provisions of the St. Clair and Detroit River Navigational Safety Regulations, which apply to all ships required by the Ship Station Radio Regulations to be fitted with a bridge-to-bridge radiotelephone.

 

Table 3-23 -Sectors and Boundaries for Sarnia Zone and Areas

Sectors and Boundaries for Sarnia Zone and Areas
SectorBoundaries
1 The waters of Lake Huron, the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair from a line running 090° - 270° True through Detour Reef light, 45 56′54″N 083 54′12″W to a line joining Lake St. Clair light 42 27′54″N 082 45′18″W and Lake St. Clair light buoy "24", 42 27′53″N 082 45′03″W.
2 The waters of Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River and Lake Erie from a line joining Lake St. Clair light, 42 27′54″N 082 45′18″W and Lake St. Clair light buoy "24", 42 27′53″N 082 45′03″W to a line running 152° True from Long Point light 42 32′55″N 080 02′57.4″W in Lake Erie.
 

Table 3-24 - Identification and Frequencies for Sarnia Zone and Areas

Identification and Frequencies for Sarnia Zone and Areas
SectorIdentifierChannelFrequency (MHz)
1 "Sarnia Traffic" 11 156.55
2 "Sarnia Traffic" 12 156.6

Note:

Sarnia Traffic monitors navigation in the traffic zone using Automatic Identification System (AIS).

 

Table 3-25 - Calling-In-Points for Sarnia Zone and Areas

Calling-In-Points for Sarnia Zone and Areas
NumberSectorNameGeneral Description and ConditionsGeographic Description
A 1 Detour At Detour Reef light for vessels transiting St. Mary's River. For vessels transiting St. Mary's River, a line running 090°-270° True through 45°56′54"N 083°54′12"W.
Cordwood Point At Cordwood Point light buoy "1" for vessels transiting to or from Lake Michigan. For vessels transiting to or from Lake Michigan, a line joining 45°56′54″N 083°54′12″W and 45°40′53″N 084°18′05″W.
      These vessels should specify Cordwood Point.  
B 1 Great Duck Island A line joining Great Duck Island light and Presque Isle light. A line running from 45°38′30″N 082°57′48″W to 45°21′24″N 083°29′30″W.
C 1 Cove Island At Cove Island light for vessels enroute to or from Georgian Bay. A line running 000° True from 45°19′37″N 081°44′07″W Call Sarnia Marine Communications and Traffic Services on Ch26.
D 1 Harbor Beach Point Clark Mariners should specify Point Clark when following Georgian Bay courses and Harbor Beach at all other times. A line joining 43°50′42″N 082°37′54″W and 44°04′22.1″N 081°45′25.6″W.
1 1 30 minutes north of Lake Huron Cut light buoy "11" 30 minutes north of Lake Huron Cut lighted buoys "11" and "12" (downbound only).  
E 1 Lake Huron Cut light buoy "11" Lake Huron Cut light buoy "11". A line running 090°-270° True through 43°05′25″N 082°24′38″W.
2 1 Lake Huron Cut light "7" Lake Huron Cut light "7" (downbound only). A line running 090°-270° True through 43°03′36″N 082°25′06″W.
3 1 Lake Huron Cut light buoy "1" At Lake Huron Cut light buoy "1" (upbound only). A line running 090°-270° True through 43°00′37″N 082°24′53″W.
4 1 Black River At St. Clair / Black River Junction light. On north shore of river entrance. 42°58′24″N 082°25′12″W.
5 1 Stag Island Upper light At Stag Island Upper light (upbound only). A line running 090° True from 42°54′25″N 082°27′57.5″W.
6 1 Salt Dock Marine City Salt Dock light. A line running 110° True from 42°41′16.8″N 082°30′20.5″W.
7 1 Light 23 Grande Pointe light "23" (downbound only). A line joining 42°35′07″N 082°33′23.5″W and 42°35′04″N 082°33′10″W.
8 1 Light 2 A line joining St. Clair Flats Canal light "2" and St. Clair Cutoff Pier light "X32/1" (upbound only). A line running from 42°31′06″N 082°41′12″W and 42°30′54″N 082°41′08″W.
9 1 Lake St. Clair light Lake St. Clair light. A line running from 42°27′54″N 082°45′18″W and 42°27′53″N 082°45′03″W.
10 2 Station Belle Isle Belle Isle light (downbound only). A line running 150° True from 42°20′24″N 082°57′36″W.
10A 2 Rouge River 20 minutes before entering or leaving the Rouge River Shortcut Canal.  
10B 2 Rouge River Immediately before entering or leaving the Rouge River or Shortcut Canal. A line running from 42°16′26″N 083°06′36″W and 42°16′31″N 083°06′33.5″W.
11 2 Grassy Island light Grassy Island light. A line running 090°-270° True through 42°13′30″N 083°08′00″W.
12 2 Detroit River light Detroit River light. A line running 090°-270° True through 42°00′01″N 083°08′30″W.
F 2 Southeast Shoal At Southeast Shoal light. A line from 41°54′33″N 082°30′36″W to 41°49′35″N 082°27′47″W thence to 41°32′12″N 082°42′42″W.
G 2 Long Point A line joining Long Point light to the south shore of Lake Erie. A line running 152° True from 42°32′55″N 080°02′58″W to 42°14′35″N 079°49′44″W.

All times shall be given in Eastern Standard Time or Eastern Daylight Saving Time, whichever is in effect.

Figure 3-10 - Vessel Traffic Services - Sarnia VTS Zone & Areas

SARNIA VTS ZONE AND AREAS

Text description of Figure 3-10 Vessel Traffic Services for Sarnia VTS Zone and Areas

3.7.8.4 Frequency Guard Great Lakes Basin

Amendments to the VHF Practices and Procedures regulations which make Channel 13 (156.650 MHz) the dedicated Bridge-to-Bridge frequency in the Great Lakes Basin became effective February 1, 1989. At that time the VHF listening watch requirements for vessels upbound/downbound in these waters were established as follows:

Table 3-26 - VHF Listening Watch Requirements

 
 LocationMonitorRemarks
A CIP #2 to CIP #6-7 (Seaway Beauharnois) Seaway Ch 14 and Ch 16 Ch 13 Bridge-to-Bridge exemption through this area.
B CIP #6-7 to CIP #10-11 (Seaway Eisenhower) Seaway Ch 12 and Ch 16 Ch 13 Bridge-to-Bridge exemption through this area.
C CIP #10-11 to Crossover Island (Seaway Iroquois) Seaway Ch 11 and Ch 16 Ch 13 Bridge-to-Bridge exemption through this area.
D Crossover Island to Cape Vincent (Seaway Clayton) Bridge Ch 13 and Ch 16 Ch 13 serves as Bridge in this area. Seaway Clayton on Ch 12 through this area.
E Cape Vincent to mid Lake Ontario (Seaway Sodus) Bridge Ch 13 and Ch 16 Seaway Sodus also on Ch 12 through this area.
F Mid Lake Ontario to CIP #15 (Seaway Newcastle) Bridge Ch 13 and Ch 16 Seaway Newcastle operates on Ch 11 through this area.
G CIP #15 to CIP #16 (Welland Canal) Seaway Ch 14 and Ch 16 CH 13 Bridge-to-Bridge exemptions through this area.
H CIP #16 to Long Point Lake Erie (Seaway Long Point) Bridge Ch 13 and Ch 16 Seaway Long Point on Ch 11.
I Long Point to Detroit River Light (Lake Erie) Bridge Ch 13 and Ch 16 Sarnia Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre operates on Ch 12.
J Detroit River Light to Lake St. Clair Light Bridge Ch 13 and Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre Ch 12 Sarnia Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre will monitor Ch 16 on behalf of vessels.
K Lake St. Clair Light to Lake Huron Cut Light Buoy "11" Bridge Ch 13 and Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre Ch 11 Sarnia Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre will monitor Ch 16 on behalf of vessels.
L Lake Huron Cut Light Buoy "11" to Detour Reef Light including Cove Island (Lake Huron and Georgian Bay) Bridge Ch 13 and Ch 16 Sarnia Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre operates on Ch 11 Lake Huron.
M Detour Reef Light to Île Parisienne Light (St. Mary's River) Bridge Ch 13 and Ch 12 USCG Sault Ste Marie (SOO Traffic) will monitor Ch 16 on behalf of vessels.
N Île Parisienne Light through Lakes Superior/Michigan Bridge Ch 13 and Ch 16  

Notes:

  1. Portable VHF equipment may be accepted to meet the Ch 13 requirement when a ship is required by the Ship Station Radio Regulations to fit only one radiotelephone installation.
  2. In summary, vessels shall monitor Ch 13 Bridge-to-Bridge continuously except in the exempted areas of St. Lambert to Crossover Island and in the Welland Canal where the appropriate Seaway channel must be guarded.
  3. Channel 16 shall also be guarded throughout the Great Lakes Basin except from Detroit River Light to Lake Huron Cut Lighted Buoy "11" (Sarnia Vessel Traffic Services zone) and from Detour Reef Light to Île Parisienne Light (St. Mary’s River). Since vessels will be guarding Ch 13 and the Vessel Traffic Services frequency through the zones, watch on Ch 16 will be maintained by Sarnia Marine Communications and Traffic Services for the Sarnia Vessel Traffic Services zone and by USCG Sault Control for the Detour Reef Light to Île Parisienne zone on behalf of vessels in transit.
  4. While the Ch 13 Bridge-to-Bridge guard is to be maintained continuously (except in exempted waters) the watch on Ch 16 may be relinquished when reporting at a CIP or exchanging traffic with any station of the maritime mobile service on an appropriate working frequency.
  5. When wishing to contact a Harbour, Bridge or Pilotage authority initial contact should be made on the appropriate working channel as directed.
  6. Information contained in the chart and narrative is based on the latest information at time of printing.

Figure 3-11 - Frequency Guard - Great Lakes Basin

FREQUENCY GUARD GREAT LAKES BASIN

Text description of Figure 3-11 Frequency Guard for Great Lakes Basin

3.7.9 Strait of Belle Isle - Voluntary Zone

Note:

Latitude and longitude positions given for the Strait of Belle Isle Voluntary Vessel Traffic Services zone are in NAD 83.

The Canadian Coast Guard has established a voluntary VTS zone in the Strait of Belle Isle, Newfoundland.

The Belle Isle VTS zone includes all waters within the Strait of Belle Isle bounded by a line extending from Double Island, Labrador, 52º15’30”N 055º32’55”W, to Northeast Ledge, Belle Isle, 52º02’11.8”N 055º16’05.6”W, to White Islands, Newfoundland, 51º34’51”N 055º21’05”W; thence, westerly to Partridge Point Light, Newfoundland, 51º34’52.7”N 055º25’16.1”W; thence, westerly along the south shore of the Strait of Belle Isle to Seal Islands, Newfoundland, 51º17’16.2”N 056º45’51.8”W; thence, along a line to Forteau Light, Labrador, 51º28’10.2”N 056º57’12.1”W; and thence, easterly along the north shore of the Strait of Belle Isle to Double Island, Labrador, 52º15’30”N 055º32’55”W.

Vessels required to comply with the Vessel Traffic Services zones Regulations are requested to participate in the system. Fishing vessels are encouraged to maintain a listening watch or contact “Belle Isle Traffic” on Channel 14 VHF to obtain up-to-date information on vessels reported transiting the Belle Isle VTS zone.

Table 3-27 - Sector and Boundaries for Strait of Belle Isle

Sector and Boundaries for Strait of Belle Isle
SectorBoundaries
1 Eastern Boundary: A line extending from Double Island, Labrador, 52 15′30″N 055 32′55″W, to Northeast Ledge, Belle Isle, 52 02′11.8″N 055 16′05.6″W, to White Islands, Newfoundland, 51 34′51″N 055 21′05″W; thence, westerly to Partridge Point Light, Newfoundland, 51 34′52.7″N 055 25′16.1″W.

Western Boundary: A line joining Seal Island, Newfoundland, 51 17′16.2″N 056 45′51.8″W, to Forteau Light, Labrador, 51 28′10.2″N 056 57′12.1″W.

 

Table 3-28 - Identification and Frequencies for Strait of Belle Isle

Identification and Frequencies for Strait of Belle Isle
SectorIdentifierChannelFrequency (MHz)
1 "Belle Isle Traffic" 14 156.7
 

Table 3-29 Calling-In-Points for Strait of Belle Isle

Calling-In-Points for Strait of Belle Isle
NumberSectorGeneral Description and ConditionsGeographic Description
1A 1 Inbound (Belle Isle South Route) A point at 51°50′29.2″N 055°18′14.6″W
2A 1 Inbound (Belle Isle South Route) A point at 51°48′23.8″N 055°38′36.3″W
3A 1 Inbound A point at 51°43′13.8″N 056°07′28.2″W
4A 1 Inbound A point at 51°33′50.9″N 056°29′59.4″W
5A 1 Inbound A point at 51°24′07.6″N 056°52′59″W
1B 1 Outbound (Belle Isle South Route) A point at 51°46′21.4″N 055°18′59.8″W
2B 1 Outbound (Belle Isle South Route) A point at 51°44′27.1″N 055°37′32.3″W
3B 1 Outbound A point at 51°39′53.9″N 056°03′54.3″W
4B 1 Outbound A point at 51°30′30.7″N 056°26′27.1″W
5B 1 Outbound A point at 51°20′46.4″N 056°49′29.8″W
1C 1 Inbound (Belle Isle North Route) A point at 52°09′00.4″N 055°24′40.7″W
2C 1 Inbound (Belle Isle North Route) A point at 51°54′27.4″N 055°45′53.0″W
1D 1 Outbound (Belle Isle North Route) A point at 52°05′48.0″N 055°20′37.7″W
2D 1 Outbound (Belle Isle North Route) A point at 51°51′47.3″N 055°41′04.1″W

All times shall be given in Newfoundland Standard Time or Newfoundland Daylight Saving Time, whichever is in effect.

Note:

Belle Isle Traffic monitors navigation in the traffic zone using Automatic Identification System (AIS).

Figure 3-12 - Vessel Traffic Services – Strait of Belle Isle

Vessel Traffic Services - Strait of Belle Isle

Text description of Figure 3-12 Vessel Traffic Services for the Strait of Belle Isle

3.7.10 Strait of Canso and Eastern Approaches

Note:

Latitude and longitude positions given for the Strait of Canso and Eastern Approaches Vessel Traffic Services zone are in NAD 83.

 

Table 3-30 - Sector and Boundaries for Strait of Canso and Eastern Approaches

Sector and Boundaries for Strait of Canso and Eastern Approaches
SectorBoundaries
1 All Canadian waters south of the Canso canal north lock gate, 45°38′58.2″N 061°24′57.3″W, contained within the area bounded by a line connecting points 45°38′23.3″N 060°29′15.3″W, 45°25′48.8″N 060°29′34″W, and the Canadian territorial boundary at 45°24′09.3″N 060°29′34.3″W; thence, along Canada's territorial boundary to a point at 45°18′19.8″N 060°35′03.7″W; and thence, along a line to Cape Canso at 45°18′21.8″N 060°56′16.3″W.

Note:

Canso Traffic monitors navigation in the traffic zone using radar and Automatic Identification System (AIS).

 

Table 3-31 - Identification and Frequencies for Strait of Canso and Eastern Approaches

Identification and Frequencies for Strait of Canso and Eastern Approaches
SectorIdentifierChannelFrequency (MHz)
1 "Canso Traffic" 14 156.7
 

Table 3-32 - Calling-In-Points for Strait of Canso and Eastern Approaches

Calling-In-Points for Strait of Canso and Eastern Approaches
NumberSectorNameGeneral Description and ConditionsGeographic Description
1Y 1     A line from 45°38′23.3″N 060°29′15.3″W, to 45°25′48.8″N 060°29′34″W.
1A 1   Entrance to inbound traffic lane A line from 45°25′48.8″N 060°29′34″W, to the Canadian territorial limit at 45°24′09.3″N 060°29′34.3″W.
1B 1   Exit from outbound traffic lane A line from 45°23′43.9″N 060°29′58.3″W, along Canada's territorial boundary, to 45°22′09″N 060°31′27.8″W.
1C 1   Entrance to inbound traffic lane A line from 45°20′53″N 060°32′39.5″W, along Canada's territorial boundary, to 45°18′36.8″N 060°34′47.7″W.
1D 1   Exit from outbound traffic lane A line from 45°18′20.1″N 060°36′30.3″W, to 45°18′20.8″N 060°41′06.3″W.
1E 1   Exit from outbound traffic lane A line from 45°18′20.8″N 060°41′06.3″W, to 45°18′21.3″N 060°46′04.2″W.
1S 1     A line from 45°18′21.3″N 060°46′04.2″W, to 45°18′21.8″N 060°56′16.3″W.
2A 1   Inbound traffic lane A point at 45°24′40.3″N 060°41′39.3″W.
2B 1   Outbound traffic lane A point at 45°23′17″N 060°41′39.3″W.
3A 1   Inbound traffic lane A point at 45°24′32.5″N 060°50′16.3″W.
3B 1   Outbound traffic lane A point at 45°23′24.5″N 060°50′16.3″W.
4A 1   Inbound traffic lane A point at 45°24′24.3″N 060°58′45.3″W.
4B 1   Outbound traffic lane A point at 45°23′24.3″N 060°58′45.3″W.
5S 1     A line from 45°21′08.3″N 061°13′49.3″W to 45°25′05.8″N 061°07′10.9″W.
5B 1   Outbound traffic lane A point at 45°25′14.2″N 061°06′57.0″W.
5A 1   Inbound traffic lane A point at 45°25′31.3″N 061°06′28.1″W.
5Y 1     A line from 45°28′31.3″N 061°01′25.3″W to 45°25′37.8″N 061°06′17.4″W.
6S 1     A line from 45°20′58.3″N 061°21′43.4″W to 45°28′07.2″N 061°10′49.8″W.
6B 1   Outbound traffic lane A point at 45°28′15.2″N 061°10′26.0″W.
6A 1   Inbound traffic lane A point at 45°28′37.8″N 061°10′03.4″W.
6Y 1     A line from 45°31′15.3″N 061°05′59.5″W to 45°28′42.0″N 061°09′56.4″W.
7 1 C14 buoy   A line from 45°34′42.3″N 061°15′52.6″W to 45°31′13.8″N 061°15′40.4″W.
8 1 Critchett Point   A line from 45°33′34.3″N 061°19′03.4″W to 45°32′52.3″N 061°19′44.4″W.
9 1 C26 buoy   A line from 45°36′23.2″N 061°22′14.3″W to 45°36′15.2″N 061°23′13.2″W.
10 1 Canal North Lock Gate   Canso Canal North Lock Gate, 45°38′58.2″N 061°24′57.3″W.

All times shall be given in Atlantic Standard Time or Atlantic Daylight Saving Time, whichever is in effect.

Figure 3-13 - Vessel Traffic Services - Strait of Canso

STRAIT OF CANSO AND EASTERN APPROACHES VTS ZONE

Text description of Figure 3-13 Vessel Traffic Services for the Strait of Canso