Vessel Traffic Reporting Arctic Canada Traffic Zone (NORDREG)

The purpose of this notice is to describe to shipboard personnel the ship reporting procedures to be followed by vessels when within or intending to enter the waters of Arctic Canada.

Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone (NORDREG) includes the shipping safety control zones prescribed by the Shipping Safety Control Zones Order, the waters of Ungava Bay, Hudson Bay and Kugmallit Bay that are not in a shipping safety control zone, the waters of James Bay, the waters of the Koksoak River from Ungava Bay to Kuujjuaq, the waters of Feuilles Bay from Ungava Bay to Tasiujaq, the waters of Chesterfield Inlet that are not within a shipping safety control zone, and the waters of Baker Lake, and the waters of the Moose River from James Bay to Moosonee.

NORDREG objectives:

The Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations formally establish the Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services (NORDREG) Zone and, consistent with international law regarding ice-covered areas, implement the requirements for vessels to report information prior to entering, while operating within and upon exiting Canada’s northern waters. The Regulations replace the informal NORDREG Zone (i.e. Arctic Canada VTS zone) and the voluntary reporting system that has existed in Canada’s northern waters, enhancing the effectiveness of the official NORDREG Zone and Canada’s ability to facilitate the safe and efficient movement of marine traffic. The Regulations will enhance the safety of vessels, crew and passengers, and will safeguard the unique and fragile Arctic marine environment. The Regulations are designed to ensure that the most effective services are available to accommodate current and future levels of marine traffic.

The Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone regulations apply to:

  1. vessels of 300 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 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.

Reports required:

Type of report

Every report required by any of sections below must begin with the term “NORDREG” 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.

Sailing plan report

  1. A sailing plan report must be provided
    1. when a vessel is about to enter the NORDREG Zone;
    2. 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; and
    3. immediately before a vessel gets underway within the NORDREG Zone, if the vessel
      1. has been stranded,
      2. has stopped as a result of a breakdown in the main propulsion or steering system, or
      3. has been involved in a collision.

Position report

  1. A position report must be provided
    1. immediately after a vessel enters the NORDREG Zone; and
    2. daily at 1600 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), if a vessel is underway within the NORDREG Zone, unless the information required by regulation 19-1, Long-range identification and tracking of ships, of Chapter V of SOLAS, is being transmitted in accordance with that regulation.

Additional position report

  1. A position report must also be provided as soon as feasible after a vessel’s master becomes aware of any of the following, if the vessel is within or about to enter the NORDREG Zone:
    1. another vessel in apparent difficulty;
    2. any obstruction to navigation;
    3. an 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.

Final report

  1. A final report must be provided
    1. on the arrival of a vessel at a berth within the NORDREG Zone; and
    2. immediately before a vessel exits the NORDREG Zone.

Deviation report

  1. A deviation report must be provided when
    1. a vessel’s position varies significantly from the position that was expected based on the sailing plan report; or
    2. a vessel’s intended voyage changes from the sailing plan report.

Northern Canada Vessel Traffic Services Zone Regulations

Address of report

Every report must be addressed to NORDREG CANADA and be provided to one of the Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centres that is designated by the Canadian Coast Guard to receive the report.
 
Please forward your information to Iqaluit MCTS via radio, facsimile, email, telex or telephone.

Iqaluit MCTS
P.O. Box 189
Iqaluit, NU
X0A 0H0

Telephone: 867-979-5269
Fax: 867-979-4264

NORDREG
Iqaluit MCTS
P.O. Box 189
Iqaluit, NU
X0A 0H0

Telephone: 867-979-5724
Fax: 867-979-4264

Email: iqaNordreg@innav.gc.ca

Telex (telefax): 063-15529
Telegraphic Identifier - NORDREG CANADA