Operations Order 103.00 - Ship Naming Policy


4. Procedures

4.1 Development of a pool of names

The Director General, Operations will develop and maintain a pool of potential names for each class of vessel as described in Annex A.

Verification of suitability, brevity, clarity and commemoration standards will be done prior to consultation and before names are entered in the pool for each class of vessel.

In developing the pool, the Director General, Operations will use a consultative process as outlined in sections 4.1.1 and 4.1.2 below.

4.1.1 For vessels of 125 GRT or greater

The pool of names must be developed and maintained at headquarters (HQ).

In developing the pool, the Director General, Operations will consult with appropriate regional, industry, community, indigenous, law enforcement, and other government department/agency representatives to refine the pool of proposed names.

The Director General, Operations must forward a request to all assistant commissioners to review the pool of potential vessel names conforming to that class of vessel.

4.1.2 For vessels of less than 125 GRT

A request will be sent to the relevant senior director(s), Fleet seeking a pool of proposed names to be provided. At least 3 names for each vessel to be named are to be provided in order of preference, along with a short biography and rationale for each.

4.2 Selection of names

The procedure to be followed for the selection of names for Coast Guard vessels must be as per the following sections.

4.2.1 For vessels of 125 GRT or greater

The Director General, Operations must forward a request to the assistant commissioner(s) and other relevant partners to review the pool of potential vessel names conforming to that class of vessel. If there are no suitable names in the pool, alternates will be provided as necessary, with a short biography and rationale for each.

The Director General, Operations, in consultation with the assistant commissioner(s) and other relevant partners, must select names to recommend to the Deputy Minister for approval by the Minister.

4.2.2 For vessels of less than 125 GRT

The pool of proposed names from the region(s) is reviewed and vetted by HQ to verify that they conform to the naming criteria outlined in annex A.

4.3 Approval

The Senior Director, Operational Support, must obtain confirmation from Transport Canada’s Vessel Registration Office that the proposed name(s) and alternates are available and meet the criteria listed in section 4.2 above. If not available, other names are to be chosen and verified with the Vessel Registration Office.

The Director General, Operations submits proposed names to the Commissioner, Coast Guard, via the Deputy Commissioner, Operations to recommend to the Deputy Minister for ministerial selection and approval.

4.4 Certification and registration

The Senior Director, Operational Support reserves the name(s) selected by the Minister with Transport Canada.

Depending on the responsibility for project management, either the Director General, Major Projects or the Director General, Integrated Technical Services obtains the necessary surveyor's and builder's certificates and arranges for the placement of names on the vessels.

The Senior Director, Operational Support completes the relevant registration activities, seeks consent from family members in support of proposed names of individuals, and obtains necessary documents (see CGOO [CGFO] 105.00Footnote *).

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