4. Procedures

The entire process for the proposal of names and approval should normally take three months to complete.

4.1 Development of a Pool of Names

The Director General, Operations will develop and maintain a pre-selected pool of vessel names that conform to that class of vessels as described in Annex A.

Verification of suitability, brevity, clarity and commemoration standards will be done prior to entering a name in the pool of each class of vessels.

In developing the pool, the Director General, Operations will use a consultative process as outlined in sections 4.1.1 and 4.1.2 below.

The consultations will be focused primarily on local and regional representatives in the area where the Vessel in question will be based.

4.1.1 For vessels greater than 25 metres in length

The pool of names shall be developed and maintained at Headquarters.

In developing the pool, the Director General, Operations will consult with appropriate regional, industry, community, aboriginal, law enforcement and other government department/agency representatives to refine the pool of proposed names.

The Director General, Operations shall forward a request to all Assistant Commissioners to review the pre-selected pool of vessel names that conform to that class of vessel.

4.1.2 For vessels of 25 metres or less in length

A request will be sent to the relevant Regional Director, Operations seeking a pool of proposed names (at least 3) to be provided in order of preference along with a short biography and rationale for each.

4.2 Selection of Names

The procedure to be followed for the selection of names for CCG vessels shall be as follows:

4.2.1 For vessels greater than 25 metres in length

The Director General, Operations shall forward a request to the Assistant Commissioner(s) and other implicated partners to review the pre-selected pool of vessel names that conform to that class of vessel.

The Director General, Operations in consultation with the Assistant Commissioner(s) and other implicated partners shall agree on the proposed names.

4.2.2 For vessels of 25 metres or less in length

The pool of proposed names from the Region(s) is reviewed and vetted by Headquarters to verify that they conform to the naming criteria outlined in Annex A.

4.3 Approval

The Director, Operational Support shall obtain clearance from the Chief, Ship Registration, and Transport Canada, ensuring that the proposed name and alternates are available.  If not available, then other names are to be chosen.

The Director General, Operations submits proposed names to the Commissioner, CCG to recommend to the Deputy Minister for ministerial selection and approval.

4.4 Certification and Registration

The Director, Operational Support reserves the proposed name with Transport Canada, Ship Registration.

Depending on the responsibility for project management either the Director General, Major Crown Projects or the Director General, Integrated Technical Services obtains the necessary surveyor's and builder's certificates and arranges for the placing of names.

The Director, Operational Support completes the relevant registration activities and obtains necessary documents (see CGFO 105.00).