Marine Services Fees

Commercial ships operating in Canadian waters (excluding fishing vessels, government ships and pleasure craft) must pay fees to the Canadian Coast Guard.

The Marine Navigation Services Fee applies to the following services:

  • Vessel traffic services
  • Aids to navigation

The Icebreaking Services Fee applies to the following services:

  • route assistance
  • ice routing
  • information services
  • Marine facility and port maintenance
Marine Navigation Services Fee Rate Summary
Fees rate summary for Canadian flag vessels and foreign flag vessels in the Pacific Coast
Canadian Flag / Size of VesselFee
GT ≥ 1,000 Annual fee of $5,900 plus $0.45 per gross ton
GT ≥ 15 < 1,000 Annual fee of $300 plus $9.50 per gross ton
Tug - GT < 1,000 Annual fee of $300 plus $9.50 per gross ton
Fleet rental boat - GT < 15; length < 10m Annual fee of $25
All other - GT < 15 Annual fee of $200
Foreign Flag / Size of VesselFee
Coasting trade excluding bargest Monthly fee of $0.38 per gross ton
GT ≥ 1,000 Per-entry fee of $640 plus $0.028 per gross ton
GT < 1,000 Per-entry fee of $640 plus $0.028 per gross ton or Fee of $300 plus $9.50 per gross ton
Fees rate summary for Canadian flag vessels and foreign flag vessels in the Atlantic Coast
Type of Vessel/ SizeFee

Bulkers and container ships (excluding barges of all types)

The following cargo-based ceilings apply:

  • Gypsum at $0.15 per tonne of cargo loaded/unloaded
  • Aggregates at $0.05 per tonne of cargo loaded/unloaded
  • All other cargo at $0.16 per tonne of cargo loaded/unloaded
Quarterly fee of $0.0070[cargo in tonnes (×) distance in kilometres]÷100
Ferries Quarterly fee of $1.65 per gross ton (to a maximum of 50,000 tonnes)
All other vessels

A Canadian ship which operates under a Transport Canada marine safety inspection certificate which restricts its annual operating season six months or less and for which a fee is payable, will only be subject to that fee for a maximum of two quarters in any calendar year.

Quarterly fee of $1.14 per gross ton (to a maximum of 50,000 tonnes)
Foreign flag vessel / Size of vesselFee

Cargo

The following cargo-based ceilings apply:

  • Gypsum at $0.15 per tonne of cargo loaded/unloaded
  • Aggregates at $0.05 per tonne of cargo loaded/unloaded
  • All other cargo at $0.16 per tonne of cargo loaded/unloaded

Per cargo tonne loaded/unloaded
(to a maximum of 50,000 tonnes):

  • Laurentian & Central Region:
    • $0.152
  • Maritimes Region:
    • Bay of Fundy ports - $0.089
    • Northumberland Straight and PEI ports - $0.216
    • All other Nova Scotia ports - $0.107
    • Chaleur Bay ports - $0.160
    • Miramichi River ports - $0.216
  • Newfoundland Region:
    • $0.152
Cruise Ship: GT ≤ 150 Per arrival (to a maximum of 3 arrivals per 30-day period) fee of: $300
Cruise Ship: GT > 150 and ≤ 22,500 Per arrival (to a maximum of 3 arrivals per 30-day period) fee of: $500
Cruise Ship: GT > 22,500 Per arrival (to a maximum of 3 arrivals per 30-day period) fee of: $1,500
All other vessels Monthly fee of $0.38 per gross ton (to a maximum of 50,000 tonnes)
 

Fee schedules and amendments

Marine Navigation Service Fee Schedule

Icebreaking Services Fee Schedule

The Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, pursuant to section 47 of the Oceans Act, hereby fixes the fees to be paid for icebreaking services provided by the Canadian Coast Guard, in accordance with the annexed fee schedule.

David Anderson, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Fisheries and Oceans

Fee Schedule

Fees To Be Paid For Icebreaking Services

Provided By The Canadian Coast Guard


Interpretation

1. The definitions in this section apply in this fee schedule with respect to the calculation, collection and payment of icebreaking services fees.

"aggregates"
means gravel, sands and whole or crushed stone, suitable for construction. (agrégats)
"fishing vessel"
means a vessel, boat or craft that is employed in catching fish, processing fish or transporting fish back to shore. (bateau de pêche)
"government ship"
means any vessel, boat or craft that is owned or operated:
  1. by the government of Canada,
  2. by a province, territory, or municipality of Canada and for which no fee, tariff, or freight rate is charged for the services of the vessel, boat or craft in Canadian waters, or
  3. by the government of another country, or a state, territory or municipality thereof, and for which no fee, tariff or freight rate is charged for the services of the vessel, boat or craft in Canadian waters. (navire d'État)
"ice season"
means each period of time starting with and including December 21 up to and including May 15 of the following year. (saison des glaces)
"icebreaking services"
includes route assistance, ice routing and information services, and marine facility and port maintenance. (services de déglaçage)
"ice zone"
means that part of Canada in which icebreaking services are available in support of commercial shipping as described in Annex I. (zone de glaces)
"Minister"
means the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans. (ministre)
"pleasure craft"
means a vessel, boat or craft that is used exclusively for pleasure and does not carry passengers or goods for hire, reward, remuneration or any object of profit. (embarcation de plaisance)
"rebatable tonnes"
means the weight in tonnes of all cargo that is gypsum or aggregates that is transported by a ship within the ice season zone and the ice season dates prescribed in Annex I. (tonnes donnant droit à un rabais)
"ship"
means a vessel, boat or craft, other than a fishing vessel, government ship, or pleasure craft. (navire)
"total tonnes"
means the weight in tonnes of all cargo that is transported by a ship within the ice season zone and the ice season dates prescribed in Annex I. (tonnage total)
"transit"
means any movement by a ship which includes one port of departure, one port of arrival and no intermediate port calls in between, but does not include any movement by a ship which remains entirely within the boundaries of a single port. (transit)
"tonne"
means a metric ton of 1000 kilograms. (tonne)
"tug"
means a ship used for towing or pushing purposes or to assist other ships. (remorqueur)

Application

2. (1)Subject to subsections (2) to (7) and section 3, this fee schedule applies to all ships that transit the ice zone.

(2) This fee schedule does not apply to ship transits that are exclusively:

  1. between any locations prescribed pursuant to s.110.7(1) of the Income Tax Act (R.S.C. 1985, c.1 (5th Supp.), as amended) and s.7303.1 of the Income Tax Regulations (C.R.C. c.945, as amended) and which are listed in Revenue Canada Form T4039 Northern Residents Deductions - Places in Prescribed Zones, as amended from time to time; or
  2. between any locations described in (a) and any location in Canadian waters north of 60° North latitude.

(3) This fee schedule does not apply to a ship that is operated by, or on the behalf of, the government of the province of Newfoundland.

(4) A transit made exclusively along a route where the only icebreaking services available are ice routing and information services, which are not necessary to transit that route, will not be subject to the fee.

(5) A stop at a Canadian port for any of the sole purposes specified in this subsection will not be subject to the fee:

  1. to respond to a medical emergency;
  2. to undertake emergency ship repairs;
  3. to respond to a government department or agency request to stop;
  4. to make an overnight stop required due to the seasonal removal of lighted aids to navigation; or
  5. to bunker.

(6) This fee schedule does not apply to a transit completed by a tug or a pilot boat for which the sole purpose was the support of another self-propelled vessel.

(7)Where a transit completed by a tug- barge combination is subject to this fee schedule, the fee shall be payable by the tug.


Part I

Fees

3. (1) Subject to subsections (2) to (6), the fee payable, for icebreaking services, by a ship for each transit to or from a Canadian port located in the ice zone within the ice season dates prescribed in Annex I is $3,100.

(2) The fee set out in subsection (1) is payable a maximum of 8 times per ship during each ice season, beginning with the ice season commencing on December 21, 1998.

(3) Notwithstanding subsection (2) and subject to subsection (4), the fee set out in subsection (1) is payable a maximum of 3 times per ship during each 30-day period, such period to be determined separately for each ship.

(4) The first 30-day period referred to in subsection (3) will begin, for each ship, with the first chargeable transit each ship makes during an ice season. Subsequent 30-day periods will begin with the first chargeable transit each ship makes following the end of the previous 30-day period.

(5) Where a ship has submitted documentation satisfactory to the Minister demonstrating that the ship is classified as Arctic Class or Canada Type, or as an international equivalent to Canada Type as indicated in Annex II, or as any other recognised classification that is deemed equivalent to Canada Type by the Minister, the fee set out in subsection (1) shall be reduced as specified in this subsection:

  1. Arctic Class or Canada Type A or Canada Type B or an international equivalent to Canada Type A or B: = 35% reduction;
  2. Canada Type C or international equivalent to Canada Type C: = 25% reduction;
  3. Canada Type D or international equivalent to Canada Type D: = 15% reduction.

(6) Where, during an ice season, a ship that has been charged the fee set out in subsection 3(1) has transported aggregates or gypsum during that same ice season, a rebate in the fee shall be applied after the end of that ice season according to the formulae specified in this subsection upon the submission by the ship of documentation satisfactory to the Minister:

  1. for aggregates, any amount that: (the total fee payable × rebatable tonnes ÷ total tonnes) exceeds (rebatable tonnes × $0.15) = rebate
  2. for gypsum, any amount that: (the total fee payable × rebatable tonnes ÷ total tonnes) exceeds (rebatable tonnes × $0.15) = rebate

Part II

General

Fee Collection

4. A fee prescribed by this fee schedule shall be paid by the ship upon issuance of an invoice by the Minister or a person authorised by the Minister to a ship or the authorised agent of a ship.

5. Interest is payable on an overdue fee commencing 30 days after issuance of the invoice and is calculated pursuant to the Interest and Administrative Charges Regulations (SOR/96-188).

Coming Into Force

6. This fee schedule comes into force on December 21, 1998.


Annex I

Areas of the Ice Zone

Area 1:

Description: All ports situated along the northeast and northwest coast of Newfoundland from, but not including, Flower's Cove, Nfld. (approximately 51°18'00"N - 56°44'00"W) to, and including, Cape St. Francis, Nfld. (approximately 47°49'00"N - 52°47'00"W) and estuaries, rivers, and the adjacent Canadian waters including islands.

Ice Season Dates: January 15 - May 15

Area 2:

Description: All Canadian ports situated in the St. Lawrence River and the Gulf of St. Lawrence including estuaries, rivers, and the adjacent Canadian waters including islands in the area bounded on the east by a straight line drawn from and including Port Morien, Nova Scotia (approximately 46°08'00"N - 59°52'00"W) to and including Channel-Port-aux-Basques, Nfld. (approximately 47°34'00"N - 59°09'00"W), the west coast of Newfoundland and estuaries, rivers and the adjacent Canadian waters including islands from Channel-Port-aux-Basques, Nfld., to and including, Flower's Cove, Nfld. (approximately 51°18'00"N - 56°44'00"W) and a straight line drawn from Flower's Cove, Nfld. to and including Blanc Sablon, Quebec, (approximately 51°25'00"N - 57°08'00"W); and bounded on the west by the entrance to the St. Lawrence Seaway at the east end of the St. Lambert Lock (approximately 45° 30' 03" N - 73° 30' 20" W); and all Canadian ports situated along the shores of Lake Superior, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Georgian Bay including estuaries, connecting rivers and lakes, the adjacent Canadian waters including islands, and the Welland Canal but not including Port Weller.

Ice Season Dates: December 21 - April 15

Area 3:

Description: All Canadian ports situated along the shores of Lake Ontario including estuaries, connecting rivers and lakes, and the adjacent Canadian waters including islands bounded by and including the St. Lambert Lock (approximately 45°30'03"N - 73°30'20"W) and Port Weller (approximately 43°13'00"N - 79°14'00"W).

Ice Season Dates: December 21 - 24 and April 1 - 15

This map is intended as a pictorial representation of the description found in the Annex I: Areas of the Ice Zone section above.  It is attached for reference purposes only.


 

Annex II

Common International Equivalencies to Canada Type

Common International Equivalencies to Canada Type A
Canada Type
  • Type A
American Bureau of Shipping
  • A1Special Character E Ice Strengthening Class AA AMS

or

  • A1Special Character E Ice Strengthening Class 1AA AMS
Bureau Veritas
  • 1 A 1 ICE A*

or

  • 1 A 1 ICE 1A*
Det Norske Veritas
  • 1 A 1 ICE A*

or

  • 1 A 1 ICE 1A*
German-ischer Lloyd
  • 100 A 4 E 4 MC
Lloyd's Register of Shipping
  • 100A1 Ice Class 1* LMC

or

  • 100A1 Ice Class 1A Super LMC
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
  • NS MNS Class AA 1S
Common International Equivalencies to Canada Type B
Canada Type
  • Type B
American Bureau of Shipping
  • A1Special Character E Ice Strengthening Class A AMS

or

  • A1Special Character E Ice Strengthening Class 1A AMS
Bureau Veritas
  • 1 3/3E glace I

or

  • 1 3/3E Ice Class 1A
Det Norske Veritas
  • 1 A 1 ICE A

or

  • 1 A 1 ICE 1A
German-ischer Lloyd
  • 100 A 4 E 3 MC
Lloyd's Register of Shipping
  • 100A1 Ice Class 1

    LMC

or

  • 100A1 Ice Class 1A LMC
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
  • NS MNS Class A 1S
Common International Equivalencies to Canada Type C
Canada Type
  • Type C
American Bureau of Shipping
  • A1Special Character E Ice Strengthening Class B AMS

or

  • A1Special Character E Ice Strengthening Class 1B AMS
Bureau Veritas
  • 1 3/3E glace II

or

  • 1 3/3E Ice Class 1B
Det Norske Veritas
  • 1 A 1 ICE B

or

  • 1 A 1 ICE 1B
German-ischer Lloyd
  • 100 A 4 E 2 MC
Lloyd's Register of Shipping
  • 100A1 Ice Class 2 LMC

or

  • 100A1 Ice Class 1B LMC
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
  • NS MNS Class B 1S
Common International Equivalencies to Canada Type D
Canada Type
  • Type D
American Bureau of Shipping
  • A1Special Character E Ice Strengthening Class C AMS

or

  • A1Special Character E Ice Strengthening Class 1C AMS
Bureau Veritas
  • 1 3/3E glace III

or

  • 1 3/3E Ice Class 1C
Det Norske Veritas
  • 1 A 1 ICE C

or

  • 1 A 1 ICE 1C
German-ischer Lloyd
  • 100 A 4 E 1 MC
Lloyd's Register of Shipping
  • 100A1 Ice Class 3 LMC

or

  • 100A1 Ice Class 1C LMC
Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
  • NS MNS Class C 1S

Common International Equivalencies to Canada Type (continued)

Common International Equivalencies to Canada Type A
Canada Type
  • Type A
Polski Rejestr Statkow
  • *KM YLA

or

  • *KM YL
Register of Shipping of the USSR
  • KMSpecial character for a period Y p A

or

  • KMSpecial character for a period Yp
Registro Italiano Navale
  • 100A-1.1 RG 1*
Common International Equivalencies to Canada Type B
Canada Type
  • Type B
Polski Rejestr Statkow
  • *KM L1
Register of Shipping of the USSR
  • KMSpecial character for a period p 1
Registro Italiano Navale
  • 100A-1.1 RG 1
Common International Equivalencies to Canada Type C
Canada Type
  • Type C
Polski Rejestr Statkow
  • *KM L2
Register of Shipping of the USSR
  • KMSpecial character for a period p 2
Registro Italiano Navale
  • 100A-1.1 RG 2
Common International Equivalencies to Canada Type D
Canada Type
  • Type D
Polski Rejestr Statkow
  • *KM L3
Register of Shipping of the USSR
  • KM* p 3
Registro Italiano Navale
  • 100A-1.1 RG 3
 
 

Contact Information

Marine Services Fee Billing, Collection & Compliance

Department of Fisheries and Oceans
200 Kent Street, Station 9E224
Ottawa, ON K1A 0E6

Toll free phone line: 1-800-563-6295
Fax: 613-990-4338
Email: Marine Services Fees

Ice Class Certificates, Invoicing problems, Fee Schedule Interpretation, and other general enquiries

Carole Gallant
Phone: 613-993-2957
Fax: 613-990-4338
Email: msf-dsm@dfo- mpo.gc.ca

Glen Wong
Phone: 613-998-1475
Fax: 613-990-4338
Email: msf-dsm@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

Goods and Services Tax Declarations

James Roberts
Phone: 613-998-2946
Fax: 613-990-4338
Email: James Roberts

Accounts Receivable

DFO Accounting HUB
Phone: 855-859-6271
Fax: 506-451-2657
Email: Accounting Hub

 

Learn more about the Marine Navigation Services Fee and the Icebreaking Services Fee

 

Domestic Fleet Adjustment / Submission Form

Marine Navigation Services Fee Domestic Fleet Adjustment/Submission Form

Download the Domestic Fleet Adjustment/Submission Form [PDF - 1.3 Mb]

Your MARINE SERVICES FEE invoice is based on the information contained in the attached worksheet and will be audited each quarter. It is therefore imperative that you correct any information that may be incorrect or incomplete and return the completed form to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada immediately. PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE OWNER/OPERATOR TO INFORM THE MNSF OFFICE OF ANY ADDITIONAL VESSELS OWNED OR OPERATED WHICH DO NOT APPEAR ON THE ATTACHED WORKSHEET.

Marine Services Fee Vessel Information Worksheet
Official Number 1Name of VesselReason for Adjustment 2
(Refer to codes below)
     
     
     
     
     

 

*PLEASE INCLUDE PERIOD (DATES) TO WHICH THE ADJUSTMENT SHOULD APPLY

FROM ______________ TO ______________

Note 1: If you feel that the reasons listed below do not apply to your vessel(s), yet there should still be an adjustment made to your invoice, please contact Michael Brooks at 613-993-3314, 1-800-563-6295 or via FAX at 613-990-4338 and provide the relevant information.

Note 2: If a vessel on your worksheet has been sold, please INCLUDE full details of the sale, by providing the new owner’s name, address, phone and fax number, and the actual date of sale.

Note 3: If the vessel is permanently inactive please INCLUDE all relevant details on a separate written declaration.

Note 4: If you are applying for a quarterly vessel inactivity rebate please see the reverse side.

  1. Official Canadian Registration Number
  2. Reason for adjustment
  3. Stationary
  4. Non-commercial
  5. Temporarily Inactive
  6. Permanently Inactive
  7. Vessel has been flagged out
  8. Vessel does not operate in Canadian waters
  9. Seasonal operator

EXPLANATION OF CODES

Stationary: Vessel remains in a fixed position for the entire billing quarter.
Non-commercial: Vessel is not engaged in commercial marine activities for which the owner receives hire/remuneration/reward.
Temporarily Inactive: Vessel is inactive every day for an entire billing quarter.
Permanently Inactive:Vessel has been scrapped, sunk, converted to another non-marine use or otherwise permanently inactivated.
Vessel has been Flagged-out: Owner/operator has changed vessel to foreign flag.
Vessel did not operate in Canadian waters: Vessel operated exclusively beyond the twelve (12) mile territorial seas limit.
Seasonal Operator:Vessel operation are restricted to a season between May 15th and October 15th pursuant to the issuance of a Transport Canada Safety Inspection Certificate (SIC) which is renewed and must be submitted annually.

QUARTERLY VESSEL INACTIVITY REBATE

Please note: The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada cannot process your rebate without a written declaration.

If your vessel(s) is (are) inactive for an entire billing quarter (i.e. January – March, April – June, July – September, October – December) you are eligible for rebate on the Marine Navigation Services Fee payable on the vessel(s) in the quarter. To claim your rebate, please submit a declaration to:

Marine Navigation Services Fees
Invoicing, Collection and Compliance
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent Street – 9E224
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E6
Attention: Michael Brooks
FAX: (613) 990-4338