Transport Canada Accepts ABYC Electrical Standards for Electric and Hybrid Vessels

Nov 4, 2022 by submission

Transport Canada has approved a policy accepting American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) electrical standards for electric and hybrid vessel compliance in Canada. This new Tier I Policy allows the marine industry to use alternative industry standards where no requirements currently exist within Canada’s regulatory framework. The policy went into effect on Oct 25, 2022.
This policy applies to vessels that are manufactured, constructed, converted, modified, altered or imported for use in Canada that are: pleasure craft less than 24 meters (78.7’); vessels other than pleasure craft not more than 24 meters; and fishing vessels not more than 24.4 (80’) meters and not more than 150 gross tonnage.
“This electric and hybrid vessel policy expands the already widely applied and accepted ABYC standards as the alternative to the existing Canadian construction requirements for small vessels set out in the Construction Standards for Small Vessels (TP 1332),” said ABYC Technical VP Craig Scholten. “Today, over 50% of the vessel Declarations of Conformities for Canadian compliance are using ABYC standards as the construction requirements in Canada.”
For more information on the policy, refer to Transport Canada’s Policy in its entirety. The included ABYC electrical standards are listed below:
Standard Number Standard Name Type of System
A-31 Battery Chargers and Inerters All
C-7 Battery Switches for Use on Boats 60VDC or less
E-13 Lithium-Ion Batteries Batteries over 600Wh
E-30 Electric Propulsion Systems More than 300VAC but less than 1000VAC
E-30 Electric Propulsion Systems More than 60VDC but less than 1000VAC