New Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations

Transport Canada has introduced new Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations. The regulations incorporate the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (the Polar Code) into Canada’s domestic legislation. The Polar Code addresses the unique hazards encountered by certain vessels that operate in the Arctic and Antarctic. The Polar Code and Canada’s new regulations include a variety of safety and pollution prevention measures, including those related to vessel design and equipment, vessel operations and crew training. Drawing from decades of experience as an Arctic regulator, Canada played a…

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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 non-respect of the speed restriction in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

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…

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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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