Archived — Gazette Notice No. DGRB-002-07

Department of Industry

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGRB-002-07 — Proposed Modifications to Radiocommunication Information Circular 13 (RIC-13)

Notice is hereby given that Industry Canada is releasing the following document for public comment:

Radiocommunication Information Circular 13 - Technical Requirements for the Operation of Mobile Stations in the Maritime Service RIC-13

Section 34.2 of the Radiocommunication Regulations, states that a person shall operate any radio apparatus on board a ship or vessel in the maritime service in accordance with the Technical Requirements for the Operation of Mobile Stations in the Maritime Service. In response to modifications to the use of certain radio frequencies allocated to the maritime service, the Department is proposing changes to the technical requirements. The proposed changes affect frequency use, areas of operation and certain restrictions pertaining to operation in the VHF band. Minor editorial and organizational changes are also being proposed. These changes are mainly reflected in Sections 4, 8, and 10 (new section) and the schedules. The proposed changes are indicated in redline and strikeout.

As part of a reclassification of regulation-type documents, be advised that RIC-13 will be reissued as Regulation by Reference 2 (RBR-2).

General Information:

Targeted stakeholder pre-consultations have been carried out with government agencies and marine industry organizations.

Interested parties should submit their comments within 60 days of the date of publication of this notice. Based on the comments received, the Department will modify the technical requirements and post the revised document Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website.

Submitting Comments

Respondents are requested to provide their comments in electronic format (WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF or ASCII TXT) to the following email address:, along with a note specifying the software, version number and operating system used.

Written submissions should be addressed to the Directorate of Operational Services, Industry Canada, 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8.

All submissions should cite the Canada Gazette, Part I, the publication date, title, and notice reference number (DGRB-002-07).

Obtaining Copies

Copies of this notice and documents referred to are available electronically on the Spectrum Management and Telecommunications website at:

Official versions of Canada Gazette notices can be viewed on the Canada Gazette website at: Printed copies of notices can be ordered by calling the sales counter of Canadian Government Publishing at 613-941-5995 or 1-800-635-7943.

July 6, 2007

Michael D. Connolly
Director General
Radiocommunications and
Broadcasting Regulatory Branch

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