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Ice Navigation in Canadian Waters
Annex II Reference material

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Annex II Reference material

2.1 Navigational charts and nautical publications

According to the Navigation Safety Regulations, 2020, Division 6, made under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, the mariner and authorized representative of a vessel must ensure that the most recent versions of charts, documents and publications, in respect of each area where the vessel is scheduled to be navigated, are kept on board. Some exceptions apply.

For the latest information on official paper charts, S-57 vector Electronic Navigational Charts (ENC), BSB Raster Navigational Charts (RNC) and nautical publications, as well as a list of authorized Canadian Hydrographic Service dealers worldwide, please visit Canadian Hydrographic Service or contact:

Canadian Hydrographic Service
200 Kent Street (12th floor W)
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1A 0E6
Attention: Client Services
E-mail: CHSInfo@dfo-mpo.gc.ca
Phone: 1-866-546-3613

2.2 Ice information

For the latest information and publications related to ice conditions in Canadian waters, please visit ECCC’s Latest ice conditions or contact:

Environment Canada,
Canadian Ice Service
719 Heron Rd, Annex E
Ottawa, Ontario,
Canada, K1A 0H3
E-mail: ec.cisclients-scgclients.ec@canada.ca

The following is a list of publications also providing ice information:

  • MANICE is the Manual of Standard Procedures for Observing and Reporting Ice Conditions. MANICE is the authoritative document for observing all forms of ice, including sea, lake and river ice, and ice of land origin.
  • Annual Arctic Ice Atlas is a continuing series prepared each year by the Canadian Ice Service since 1990. The collection of atlases documents Canadian Arctic winter sea ice conditions to provide a comparison from year to year.
  • 30-year climatic ice atlases for Northern Canadian waters, East Coast and Great Lakes
  • Seasonal Outlooks for North American Arctic Waters (Upon request. Contact: ec.cisclients-scgclients.ec@canada.ca)
  • Seasonal Summaries for the Canadian Arctic (Upon request. Contact: ec.cisclients-scgclients.ec@canada.ca)

2.3 Navigation

For the latest TC publications on the subject, please visit the Marine Safety Publications.

An example of some publications related to navigation in ice is listed below:

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