Transport Canada releases guidance on safe lay-up of retired single hulled oil barges

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Transport Canada has issued a bulletin for the owners and operators of retired single-hulled oil barges, emphasizing the requirements for safely laying-up or moving these vessels. According to the Vessel Pollution and Dangerous Chemical Regulations, the use of single-hulled oil barges was banned by 2015, and many have been laid up or converted. Those remaining contain residual fuels, posing environmental risks due to potential leaks or explosions. Key requirements include stripping all tanks of oil, ensuring they are gas freed, maintaining regular inspections, and securing proper mooring. Additionally, for barges of 300 gross tonnage or more in Canadian waters, maintaining insurance and a Wreck Removal Convention certificate is mandatory. Before moving or converting a barge, owners must submit a detailed towage plan to Transport Canada for approval, which includes a voyage plan, vessel condition assessment, and risk mitigation plan. Compliance with these regulations is crucial to prevent pollution and ensure environmental safety.

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