A penalty of $6,000 has been issued to MV Federal Cardinal for alleged non-compliance with a temporary mandatory vessel slowdown. The vessel owner has 30 days to pay the penalty or to ask the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada to review the facts of the violation or the amount of the penalty.
Transport Canada is examining all reported cases of non-compliance, on a case-by-case basis. However, it is still unclear if these “penalties” will ever be collected.
This past August, Transport Canada implemented a temporary mandatory slowdown of vessels 20 metres or more to a maximum of 10 knots due to the increased presence of whales in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, between the Quebec north shore and just north of Prince Edward Island.
While the shipping industry in general has been proactive in respecting the speed limits, the Government of Canada is determined to have the temporary mandatory slowdown respected by all vessels in the designated area of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
The temporary mandatory slowdown will remain in effect until the whales have migrated away from the area of concern. Transport Canada continues to assist Fisheries and Oceans Canada in monitoring the migration of the whales in this area.