Transport Canada lifts temporary speed restriction in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau announced January 11th the temporary mandatory slowdown for vessels has been lifted in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. There have been no sightings of North Atlantic right whales in the area of the slow-down in recent weeks. On August 11, 2017, Transport Canada implemented a speed restriction for vessels 20 meters or more to a maximum of 10 knots in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence. This temporary measure was in response to an increased number of right whales observed in the Gulf of St.…

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Transport Canada issues another fine for not respecting the speed restriction in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

On August 11, 2017, Transport Canada took action to help ensure navigational safety and to protect the marine environment, due to the increased presence of whales in the area, by implementing a temporary mandatory slow down of vessels 20 metres or more to a maximum of 10 knots. The speed restriction applies to vessels travelling 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 Federal…

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