December 2022
CSBC Newsletter - December 2022
In This Issue

  • Message from the Chair
  • CASBAs
  • Introduction to New CSBC Board Member
  • Don’t Miss Out! Last Cold Water Workshops This Winter!
  • Boating News from New South Wales
  • Marine and Rail Transportation Modernization Act
  • In Brief
Message from the Chair
Hi All

Well, the summer is over and, for many of us, the snow is on the ground and it won’t be long before the water starts to get a lot colder, if not hard. You can spread the word about our Cold Water Workshops and you might want to consider taking one on-line yourself if you have not already done so.

We continue to do more research on PFD and lifejacket wear and how well related messaging works. Transport Canada also continues with their efforts on research into possible mandatory lifejacket wear and it won’t be long before they start seeking direct input from both marine professionals and the boating public on Let's Talk Transportation (

I continue to be amazed at how consistent our research statistics and those of Transport Canada are and how similar they are to the statistics collected by the U.S. Coast Guard. Related discussion on the possible introduction of some form of mandatory lifejacket wear continues to be a high priority at Canadian Marine Advisory Council meetings across the country.

It is also nice that we are beginning to meet face to face again after over two years of virtual meetings.

It is clear though that we all need to take great care in protecting ourselves and others from the growing number of respiratory viral infections. So, please everyone take care over the holidays and as we move into the boat show season in the new year.

The CSBC continues to do other great work to promote boating safety across the country as you will see from the rest of this newsletter.

In closing I would like to thank all of you who volunteer for the CSBC. Without you boaters in Canada would not be able to enjoy their boating as much and feel as safe when they are out on the water.

You all make a great difference. Stay Safe,

Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBAs)
Everyone who loves boating, works in the boating industry or cares about marine safety and safeguarding of the marine environment is welcome to join us at the Canadian Safe Boating Awards (CASBAs) on Sunday January 22, 2023 at the National Yacht Club, 1 Stadium Road, Toronto. Doors open at 1730, a dinner buffet will be available at 1815, and the awards ceremony starts at 1915. With a cash bar and informal atmosphere, this is an evening of meeting up with colleagues old and new, learning about innovative ideas and key accomplishments in the boating field, and celebrating the boating heroes who have made a significant difference over the past year. 

Tickets are $60 per person, $450 per table of eight, and are likely to sell out quickly. To register, go to CASBA Registration (
Introduction to New CSBC Board Member
Jason Krott was elected to the CSBC Board in May 2022. He is the Manager of Marine Operations and Fleet for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) and leads the Port Authority's Harbour Patrol Team. In this role he collaborates with his talented colleagues in VFPA Marine Operations and external partners to ensure the highest level of safety and environmental protection. Before this, he was a Senior Harbour Patrol Officer, operating a patrol vessel. 

Jason is a lifelong professional mariner and has been actively involved in port operations and navigation safety on the water for 25 years. Prior to joining the Port Authority Jason worked for Imperial Oil Marine on product tankers and B.C. Ferries.

Jason was born and raised in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his wife Tanya and his dog Rukus, taking long road trips to the deserts of the South West U.S. and working on his cars.
Don’t Miss Out! Last Cold Water Workshops This Winter!



8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Eastern
If you’re a first responder, work or just spend time recreating on or near cold water, this workshop is for you. You will learn everything you need to know to survive an accidental cold water immersion and also how to help others who may have become hypothermic. It is hosted by the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC), delivered over “Zoom” and will cover...

Understanding the Myths Around Cold Water Immersion and Hypothermia
How Our Bodies React to Heat and Cold Stimuli
4 Ways Our Bodies Lose Heat
What Happens to Our Bodies When Immersed in Cold Water
Immersion vs. Submersion in Cold Water
Cold Water Survival and Thermal Protective Clothing
Basic First Response…When You’re The Only One Who Can Help!
The Decision to Stay or Swim When You’re on Your Own

The cost of this online Cold Water Workshop is only $100 and participants will receive a certificate of completion. Registration can be completed by going to the Canadian Safe Boating Council website and selecting Cold Water Workshop under “Events” or click here. Please note that the course instruction will be in English.

For more information, contact Ian Gilson at
Boating News from New South Wales
Over the last two years the Transport for New South Wales (NSW) Centre for Maritime Safety has worked with key partners and stakeholders to develop the Maritime Safety Plan 2026, and it was released on October 26. The Plan sets out a comprehensive list of initiatives aimed at reducing fatalities and serious injuries by 30 per cent by 2026, and lays the foundation for the long-term target of zero fatalities on NSW waterways by 2056. 

The plan recognizes that the majority of boating fatalities are the result of drownings, many of which could have been prevented had people been wearing lifejackets. It is estimated that up to 83 lives in NSW could have been saved over the last ten years if victims had been wearing their lifejackets. Other areas requiring focus include older boaters, open runabouts, trauma-related incidents and awareness around weather conditions. The Plan has highlighted four priority action areas: 

  1. Safer lifejacket wear and equipment  
  2. Safer boating through technology  
  3. Safer waterway access and infrastructure 
  4. Growing our safety culture together.  

During the consultations more than 4,800 people provided feedback on the draft plan and lifejacket reform options. Existing lifejacket laws remain in place, but acknowledging stakeholder feedback around the complexity of lifejacket laws, the Maritime Safety Plan 2026 is committed to revisiting the law in the future so it is easier to understand, and to ensure more lives can be saved. Maritime Safety Plan 2026 (

Transport for NSW is also consulting on the development of policy options for managing end of life vessels (ELVs). The number of ELVs in NSW is growing, and they have significant impacts on the users of NSW waterways, industry, government, and the public, namely:

  • The high costs to government of salvage and disposal of vessels, and the opportunity cost to users who are prevented access to waterways and moorings occupied by ELVs.
  • ELVs can present a navigational hazard when they detach from moorings and, if unseaworthy, can present a major safety hazard to occupants when underway.
  • When abandoned on-water, ELVs can leak harmful substances into the marine environment, and while off-water, vessels present a major waste management problem.
Marine and Rail Transportation Modernization Act 
From Transport Canada
The Minister of Transport introduced Bill C-33, the Marine and Rail Transportation Modernization Act, in the House of Commons on November 17, 2022.

The Marine and Rail Transportation Modernization Act is the culmination of efforts undertaken over numerous years related to the Railway Safety Act Review, the Ports Modernization Review, and Transport Canada’s work in responding to audits and recommendations regarding the safe transportation of dangerous goods. 

The legislation being put forward proposes a number of reforms to the Railway Safety Act, the Canada Marine Act, Canada Transportation Act, Marine Transportation Security Act, the Customs Act and the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992.

Amendments to the Canada Marine Act, Canada Transportation Act, Marine Transportation Security Act and the Customs Act would seek to advance the role of Canada Port Authorities as strategic enablers of supply chain resiliency and efficiency, and will seek to:

  • Adjust port governance and financial management to provide ports with the tools to unlock greater performance, efficiency, and productivity in order to be effective instruments of public policy.
  • Enable ports to reinforce their continued competitiveness and are positioned as strategic enablers of trade and traffic, given their central role as intermodal hubs that support supply chain performance and economic growth. 
  • Strengthen relationships with Indigenous Peoples and local communities through structured engagement to foster alignment of port development and operations, and advance reconciliation. 
  • Affirm that ports would assume a leadership role in advancing the greening of the marine sector, by promoting environmentally sustainable infrastructure and taking action on climate change.
  • Further support marine security to protect the transportation system from threats and risks, while allowing goods to move efficiently through the supply chain.
In brief
Registration is now open for the International Boating and Water Safety Summit, to be held from April 16 – 19, 2023 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, Little Rock, Arkansas. Home - International Boating & Water Safety Summit (