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    Ferry Safety

    At Marine Atlantic, safety is our first priority.
    We believe the health and well-being of our employees and passengers is our greatest responsibility. That’s why we’re committed to maintaining a 'safety first' culture.

    Our fleet adheres to the highest safety codes, including Transport Canada’s Marine Safety Act and Det Norske Veritas Classification Societies, as well as the International Safety Management (ISM) Code, an internationally recognized quality assurance system. To help us maintain our exceptional standards, our fleet also undergoes a continuous preventative maintenance program.

    Our employees are trained in many areas of vessel safety, including firefighting, security, crowd control, passenger safety management and evacuation. We continually drill and train to ensure a constant state of emergency preparedness.


  • For your safety onboard:

    Here are some on-board features and rules to help make your journey a safer one.

    Safety video: Marine Atlantic recommends that all passengers familiarize themselves with the location and instructions for use of life jackets and evacuation stations upon boarding. Please watch the onboard video to learn more about your vessel’s safety features.

    The decks: For your safety and security, passengers are not permitted on the vessel's vehicle decks during the crossing, as they can be slippery at times.

    Fire and smoke detectors: Fire and smoke detectors are located throughout our vessels.

    Fire suppression systems: Our vehicle decks, as well as all passenger and crew areas, are fully equipped with fire suppression systems. When there is an alarm onboard, flashing lights and sirens activate in all areas of the vessel.

    Sleeping: For health and safety reasons, passengers are not permitted to sleep on the floor.

    Canada Shipping Act: Marine Atlantic complies with the Canada Shipping Act. In accordance with the Act, recreational vehicles carrying propane must have cylinder valves fully closed before boarding the ship. Passengers must declare all propane and gasoline products they are carrying and will be issued a tag. This tag must be affixed to any of their tanks once it has been shut off. No gas appliances may be operated while onboard.

    Vehicle emissions: Upon arrival in port, drivers are asked not to start their engines until directed to do so by our personnel, or until the traffic directly ahead has begun to disembark. Delaying the start of your engine will minimize exhaust emissions on the vehicle deck.

    Our staff: Marine Atlantic's crew is thoroughly trained in emergency procedures and very knowledgeable of any health and safety issues related to our vessels. They are happy to answer any questions you may have.

    Transporting fuel: The transportation of jerry cans of gasoline is regulated by Transport Canada. For customers transporting fuel, the following information outlines Marine Atlantic's responsibilities and those of our customers under Section 151 (1)(d) of the Cargo Fumigation and Tackle Regulations which states:

    (d) the vehicle is carrying, outside the fuel tank, no more than 25 L of the fuel needed to propel it and the fuel is in a means of containment that

    (i) is designed for the carriage of that type of fuel,
    (ii) meets the requirements of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations for the means of containment,
    (iii) is secured within the vehicle, and
    (iv) if a gaseous fuel is carried, is equipped with valves protected by valve caps.

      Please click here for a list of frequently asked questions regarding the transport of fuel.