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  • Safety First, Service Always

    THE CANADIAN AIDS TO NAVIGATION SYSTEM

    (TP968)

  • (TP968)

    THE CANADIAN AIDS TO

    NAVIGATION SYSTEM

    Canadian Coast Guard Maritime Services

    Aids to Navigation Program

  • This publication can also be downloaded from: The Notices to Mariners website at: www.notmar.gc.ca under Available Services Section and the Canadian Coast Guard website at: www.ccg-gcc.gc.ca/eng/Ccg/atn_PublicationsFor all other related inquiries, please contact: atn-aln@dfo-mpo.gc.ca

    Published by: Aids to Navigation ProgramCanadian Coast GuardFisheries and Oceans Canada Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0E6galement disponible en franais.

    Cat. No. T31-29/2012E-PDF ISBN 978-1-100-15842-6 MPO/2012-1704

    Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada 2012.

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    Preface .........................................................................................................................................1Notices ........................................................................................................................................2Introduction ...............................................................................................................................3

    General ..............................................................................................................................3The Canadian Aids to Navigation System ..........................................................................3Cautions in the Use of Aids to Navigation .........................................................................6

    Related Legislation ...................................................................................................................10Canada Shipping Act, 2001 .............................................................................................10Charts and Nautical Publications Regulation, 1995 .........................................................10Collision Regulations .......................................................................................................11Private Buoy Regulations .................................................................................................12Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations .........................................................................13Criminal Code of Canada ................................................................................................14

    Canadian Coast Guard Aids to Navigation ..............................................................................15Other Government Aids to Navigation ....................................................................................16Private Aids to Navigation ........................................................................................................17

    General ............................................................................................................................17Markings and Dimensions ...............................................................................................18Public Notification ...........................................................................................................19

    Canadian Light Flash Characters .............................................................................................20IALA Maritime Buoyage System (Regions A and B) ...............................................................22Floating Aids to Navigation (Buoys) ........................................................................................23

    Lateral Buoys ...................................................................................................................24Isolated Danger Buoys .....................................................................................................26Cardinal Buoys ................................................................................................................26Special Buoys ...................................................................................................................27Daytime Identification ..................................................................................................30Nighttime Identification ................................................................................................32Other Characteristics .....................................................................................................35

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

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    Fixed Aids to Navigation ..........................................................................................................37General ............................................................................................................................37Lighted Fixed Aids ...........................................................................................................37Daybeacons ......................................................................................................................39Ranges .............................................................................................................................40Aural Aids ........................................................................................................................41Sector Lights ....................................................................................................................42

    Radio Aids to Navigation .........................................................................................................43Radar Reflectors and Radar Beacons (RACONS) .............................................................43Global Positioning System (GPS) .....................................................................................44Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) ...............................................................46

    Related Publications .................................................................................................................48Canadian Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Offices .................................................................53Provincial Contacts Office of Boating Safety ........................................................................54United States Aids to Navigation Boating Information...........................................................55

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    PREFACE

    T he Canadian Coast Guard is pleased to release the 2011 edition of the Canadian Aids to Navigation System booklet. This edition replaces the 2001 edition as the new standard for aids to navigation in Canada.

    As you will notice, there have been several improvements made to this edition. These changes include updates to:

    Related Legislation Section with informa-tion on the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

    Long-range radio and satellite navigation technologies.

    Web page addresses and links to different Maritimes related information for mariners.

    1 Related Publications Section with a brief

    description of each publication including web addresses and links.

    Provincial contacts for the Canadian Coast Guard offices, Transport Canada Offices of Boating Safety and United States Aids to Navigation Boating information.

    The Canadian Coast Guard is confident that the changes made in this version provide the most comprehensive view possible of the Canadian aids to navigation system.

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    NOTICES

    1. Mariners are requested to immediately report any damage or failure of a marine aid to navigation to the nearest Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services Centre (Canada Shipping Act 2001, par. 129(1), (2)) on VHF Ch. 16. or to a Canadian Coast Guard office by phone (see Canadian Coast Guard Aids to Naviga-tion offices contact information section on page 53 of this manual).

    2. The administration and enforcement of the Private Buoy Regulations, Navigable Waters Protection Act and Vessel Operation Restriction Regulation are under the juris-diction of Transport Canada.

    Therefore, it is to be understood that all references to the above noted legislations and/or regulations contained in this publi-cation are now under the responsibility of Transport Canada and all enquiries con-cerning these acts and regulations must be directed to questions@tc.gc.ca.

    3. It is not necessary to obtain Transport Canadas permission to place or operate a private aid to navigation; however, all who propose to do so must ensure that such aids conform to the Private Buoy Regulations and Navigable Waters Protection Act. Private buoy owners and operators must also comply with Vessel Operation Restriction Regulations.

    4. On August 3rd, 2010 the Canadian Coast Guard and United States Coast Guard jointly terminated the Loran-C service covering the East and West coasts of Canada. Mariners are advised that the Loran-C service is no longer available and therefore cannot be used for navigation.

    5. Canadian Coast Guards publications of the monthly Notices to Mariners (NOTMAR) are now only available online on the NOTMAR website at: www.notmar.gc.ca. (see related pub