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Commercial Fishing Vessel Inspection

Fisheries Act Cap 391 {Section 31} requires all vessels being used for commercial fishing  to be inspected annually.

 

Prerequisites

  • The appointment for inspection must be made by the owner, agent or captain, at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the date being requested, in accordance with the Vessel Inspection Schedule.


Steps

    1. Call or come in to the Fisheries Divison to make an appointment for inspection.
    2. On the appointed day for the inspection ,the owner, agent or captain must be present and present the vessel and all relevant equipment required for the particular Vessel Inspection Type. See the details of Fishing Vessel Inspection for the list of  required safety equipment.


      Outcome

      • Pre-qualification Inspection: set out to establish that the vessel being presented is suitable for commercial fishing.
      • If the vessel is found to be unsuitable, the Chief Fisheries Officer will identify in writing what is required to make the vessel suitable for registration.
      • If the vessel is suitable, an appointment for a Registering and Licensing Inspection could be scheduled, subsequent to the owner preparing the vessel as directed by the inspector and the requirements under the Fisheries Act and supporting regulations.
      • Registering and Licensing Inspection: set out to establish that the vessel being presented is in compliance with the Fisheries Act and supporting regulations.
      • If the vessel is found to be unsuitable for registration, the Chief Fisheries Officer will identify in writing what is required to make the vessel suitable for registration.
      • If suitable for registration see Outcome of Commercial Fishing Vessel Regisation
      • Annual Inspection: set out to establish that the vessel being presented is in compliance with the Fisheries Act and supporting regulations.
      • If the vessel is found to be unsuitable, a Notice of Non-Compliance will be issued to the owner, agent or captain on completion of the inspection. The notice will state the areas of non-compliance and it will specify the number of days allotted to rectify the deficiencies.
      • If the vessel satisfies the requirements, a Certificate of Inspection and accompanying Decal will be issued and must be collect by the owner or agent from the Fisheries Division.
      • Haul-up Pre-Inspection: set out to establish that the vessel being presented is in compliance with the Fisheries Act and Standards for Constructing of Local Fishing Vessels and any other supporting regulations.
      • If the vessel is found to be unsuitable, a Notice of Non-Compliance will be issued to the owner, agent or captain on completion of the inspection. The notice will state the areas of non-compliance that need to be rectified before the Annual Inspection is scheduled.
      • If vessel is suitable, an appointment for an Annual Inspection could be scheduled subsequent to the owner preparing the vessel as directed by the inspector and the requirements under the Fisheries Act and supporting regulations.
      • Under Construction Pre-Inspection: set out to establish that the vessel being presented is in compliance with the Fisheries Act and Standards for Constructing of Local Fishing Vessels and any other supporting regulations.
      • If the vessel is found to be unsuitable, a Notice of Non-Compliance will be issued to the owner, agent or captain on completion of the inspection. The notice will state the areas of non-compliance that need to be rectified before the additional work on the vessel is conducted.
      • If vessel is suitable, an appointment for the next required Inspection Type could be scheduled subsequent to the owner preparing the vessel as directed by the inspector and the requirements under the Fisheries Act and supporting regulations.
      • Sea Trial Inspection: set out to establish that the vessel being presented is in compliance with the Fisheries Act and supporting regulations. It also seeks to establish the operational readiness and the operation handling qualities of the vessel, its equipment and machinery while at sea.
      • If the vessel is found to be unsuitable, a Notice of Non-Compliance will be issued to the owner, agent or captain on completion of the inspection. The notice will state the areas of non-compliance and it will specify the number of days allotted to rectify the deficiencies
      • If the vessel satisfies the requirements, a Certificate of Inspection and accompanying Decal will be issued and must be collect by the owner or agent from the Fisheries Division. Also see Outcome of Commercial Fishing Vessel Regisation.

       

       


       
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