CAN/CSA-S826 Series-01 (R2011)
Ferry Boarding Facilities
Ferry Boarding Facilities - Design
This Standard specifies requirements that are consistent with current practice
for the design of new, or the replacement of existing, boarding facilities,
(a) vehicular and foot passenger ramps and support structures;
(b) access interfaces between shore/ramp and ramp/vessel; and
(c) operating systems.
Note: Existing installations are exempt from this Standard until major
structural, mechanical, or electrical modifications are undertaken.
The provisions of this Standard apply to single-level and multilevel boarding
facility ramps with a shore- based hinged connection and seaward end conditions
in accordance with one of the following:
(a) the seaward end of the ramp is supported by shore-connected structures, and
transition to the ferry (vessel) decks is achieved by an apron attached to
either the vessel or the ramp;
(b) the seaward end of the ramp is supported by the vessel for traffic loading
and off-loading periods. Support at other times is provided by fixed or
floating shore-connected structures; or
(c) the seaward end of the ramp is supported by a floating structure at all
Note: Appendices A and B contain information and illustrations on geometry and
ramp supporting systems.
This Standard establishes specific requirements for two operating conditions:
(a) Condition I, in which the ramp is adjusted only when completely cleared of
vehicular or pedestrian traffic; and
(b) Condition II, in which the ramp is adjusted with full live load.
Vehicular design loads are based on highway traffic loadings listed in CSa
Standard CAN/CSA-S6 and on provincial highway loading limits. For vehicles to
which these Standards do not apply, the design principles may be applied to the
actual vehicle loading.
This Standard does not include provisions for the design of ancillary wharf,
trestle, or berthing structures.
This Standard does not apply to the design of railroad boarding ramps.
The provisions of this Standard are not intended to preclude the advent or
introduction of new technology, processes, or materials that conform to sound
design principles and are not covered in this Standard.
The requirements of this Standard assume that the provisions set out in CSa
Standards CAN/CSA-S826.2, CAN/CSA-S826.3, and CAN/CSA-S826.4 will be applied.
The values given in SI (metric) units are the standard. The values given in
parentheses are for information only and are used mainly to identify nominally
Ferry Boarding Facilities - Operations (Guideline)
Guidelines for the operation of ferry boarding facilities (hereafter called
boarding facilities) have been developed as a resource for owners of such
facilities. Their purpose is to ensure the safe operation of boarding
facilities, the prevention of injury or loss of life, and the avoidance of
damage to property or the marine environment.
The measures set forth in these guidelines may be applied to all boarding
facilities as they relate to fixed or movable loading ramps employed as
vessel-to-shore transfer systems for vehicles and/or passengers. Safe
operation procedures for ferry boarding facilities are complemented by regular
planned inspection programs and maintenance programs, as set forth in CSa
Standards CAN/CSA-S826.3 and CAN/CSA-S826.4, respectively.
Ferry Boarding Facilities - Inspection
Requirements for the inspection of ferry boarding facilities (hereafter called
boarding facilities) have been developed as a resource for owners and personnel
responsible for the operation of such facilities. The purpose of these
requirements is to ensure the safe, reliable, and prolonged duty life of
boarding facilities through the timely identification of all repair,
rehabilitation, or other maintenance needs.
The requirements of this Standard may be applied to all boarding facilities as they relate to
a) in-service facilities