Please refer to this page often for the latest news, gossip, information and job opportunities for British Columbia and western Canada small commercial vessel maritime world. 

Tide and current tables in metric only

Monday February 16th, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Your response needed! Canadian Tide & Current Tables in Metric only 

The 2015 Canadian Tide & Current tables published by the Canadian Hydrographic Service no longer show tidal heights in feet and inches. Tidal Heights are now only shown in meters.

It is not too late to have your say. According to the Hydrographic Services this is NOT a cost saving issue, if they get enough of a response from the public about this they will go back to printing in both meters (Metric) and feet/inches (Imperial). 

Please express your concerns by email to: - Ilona Monahan - Tidal Officer - Canadian Hydrographic Service

Many mariners do not use or understand metric measurements, this change could have a big impact on safety. 



A "New and Improved" SVOP for bigger boats?

Thursday February 12th, 2015 @ 6:45pm

A "New and Improved" SVOP for bigger boats?

We're hoping that Transport Canada's proposals regarding the Small Vessel Operator (SVO) training regime will lead to a "New and Improved" SVOP. The current proposals, as they stand, will create a new SVOP with extended validity for operators of vessels upto 12m in length, including tugs. This is a welcome change and could provide a boost to small business in coastal BC where the economy is so reliant on marine transportation. 

Of course, we understand any new SVO training course will need to cover some new material and will need to be longer in duration. However any increase in duration of training courses may create a barrier to compliance especially to smaller business owners. 

Let us hope that these proposals lead to a new relevant small boat certification, rather than just increasing the bureaucratic burden on the small vessel industry. 

Our webpage has more details about these proposed changes.

New Group Booking incentive for SVOP, MEDA3 and ROCM

Thursday December 12th, 2013 @ 12:54pm

With our group bookings we have noticed that quite often our group clients have space in the class for a few participants, meanwhile here at Datum we always have a waiting list of people who need training. So, if you book your group for a SVOP, MEDA3 or ROCM course and allow us to put our participants into your group class, we will give you a discount for each participant. This makes our group rates even more economical and allow you to have the training you need at a time and place to suit you.

2014 Courses schedule now online!

Wednesday December 4th, 2013 @ 1:20pm

Datum Marine Services Ltd 2014 spring schedule is now online. We have small vessel training courses (SVOP, MEDA3 and ROCM) running on Vancouver Island in Campbell River, Port McNeill / Port Hardy and Port Alberni and in the Lower Mainland/ Vancouver area (Richmond). 

Teaming up with Britannia Shipyard

Friday February 22nd, 2013 @ 11:06am

Datum Marine is pleased to announce our 2013 classes available at Steveston at the Historic Britannia Shipyard facility. Please see the course schedule tab for the prices and times.


Brittania Shipyard Training Class

SVOP, MEDA3 and ROCM Steveston

Monday February 18th, 2013 @ 7:31pm

Datum Marine Services Ltd is proud to announce that in partnership with the City of Richmond, we are bringing the SVOP, MEDA3 and ROCM marine training classes to the Heritage Shipyard, Steveston in April this year.

The Britania Shipyard is the oldest shipyard in British Columbia, absorb this wonderful maritime heritage whilst you get qualified to operate a small commercial vessel or just get more knowledge to help you enjoy driving your own boat.

Bookings are being taken by the City of Richmond, Program Registration (courses).

For more information on the Britania Heritage Shipyard and other Richmond Heritage Sites check out the City of Richmond website.

Group Training 2012

Sunday November 11th, 2012 @ 8:05pm

Well 2012 sure has flown by...

Datum Marine has been doing a boatload of marine training for groups around Coastal BC including first nations in Northern BC, the Central Coast and on Vancouver Island, RCMP for all of British Columbia, RCM-SAR as the new "Coast Guard Auxilliary" is now called, DFO, Marine Harvest, Mainstream, Interfor and Westernfor.

If I see another Man OverBoard drill, I'll know it must be spring!

I'd like to thank all our clients for giving us the opportunity to get on the water and pass along our knowledge with professionalism and style. Safety on the water in the marine training world is always our number one concern. But we know our participants leave feeling confident in boat docking, vessel handling, safety drills, marine navigation and sailing boats on heavy seas.

See you all in 2013!


How was the summer season?

Tuesday September 4th, 2012 @ 10:08am

Phew......Labour Day weekend's done! Hope everyone's summer was as busy as ours. Datum Marine Services Ltd will be offering SVOP, MEDA3 ad ROCM classes again this fall. We have classes running in Parksville, Campbell River and New Westminster (Vancouver). Or if you have a few people that need their tickets we can bring the classes to you!

Give me a call for more information, 

Queenie 250 726 6058

Getting ready for the season....1. Vessel registration

Saturday March 31st, 2012 @ 1:48pm

How do I get a 'C' number for my boat?

Find out how to register your vessel

All non-pleasure vessels (small commercial vessels), powered by an engine of 10HP or more, are required to be commercially registered. If your vessel is less than 15 gross tonnes, you can register it with the Small Vessel Register which is cheaper and more straight-forward than the full registration  with the Canadian Register of Vessels. If your vessel is more than 15GT or you want to register a mortgage on your boat, you will have to register it with the full Canadian Register of Vessels.

Follow these steps to register a vessel on the Small Vessel Register:

  1. Complete an Application for Registry to the Small Vessel Register
  2. Complete a Statement of Qualification for Vessel Registration (you must be either a Canadian Citizen, Permamnant Resident or Canadian Corporation)
  3. Complete an Appointment of Authorised Representative (if required)
  4. Complete a Simplified Method of Tonnage Measurement. You can choose the following methods to calculate gorss tonnage:
    • Assigned Formal Tonnage
      • Vessel not more than 8.5m - assigned gross tonnage of 4.99
      • Vessel more than 8.5m but not more than 10.5m - assigned gross tonnage of 9.99
      • Vessel more than 10.5m but not more than 12m - assigned tonnage of 14.99
    • Calculated Tonnage Measurement - have you vessel measured for tonnage by either the Simplified Method or by a professional measurer.

You will also need to submit the following to Transport Canada along with your application:

  • Original Bill of Sale or other documentation confirming the transfer of ownership
  • $50 processing fee

Whilst Datum endevers to keep our website up-to-date with current legislation, for the final word on marine matters, you should consult with Transport Canada. For more information on vessel registration check-out the Transport Canada website.



Getting ready for the season.....the Blue Decal program

Saturday March 31st, 2012 @ 1:43pm

Have you enrolled your vessel in Transport Canada's Blue Decal program (Small Vessel Compliance Program - SVCP)?

If you are already enrolled, remember you have to complete your Annual Compliance Report! 

If you own a commerical vessel that has a gross tonnage of less than 15 tonnes (check with your builder/ manufacturer) and you carry less than 12 passengers and are not involved in commercial fishing, you are eligable to enrol with the SVCP.

Why enrol in the SVCP?

It's realtively simple and it will help your vessel must comply with the Canada Shipping Act, 2001. The alternatives:

  • If you don't enrol in SVCP, your vessel may be subject to an inspection from Transport Canada - you do NOT want this to happen!
  • If you are not compliant with the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, you may be subject to a fine, your boat may be seized and you may not be insured.

Part of the Blue Decal program involves providing evidence that the vessel operators are qualified to operate the vessel, see for more details or check with Transport Canada. 

This blog entry aims only to provide guidance, not legal advice, please check with Trasnport Canada for the final word on Snall Vessel Compliance:


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