Canada slams fine on ship for not violating whale speed limit

vessel Petalon

By Jite Eriabie 

Transport Canada has issued a CAD 6,000 penalty to the vessel Petalon for an alleged non-compliance with the temporary mandatory slow down introduced by the country to prevent further whale deaths.

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.

This is the second CAD 6,000 penalty issued this month by Transport Canada. On September 8, the vessel Seven Seas Navigator was also fined.

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 meters or more to a maximum of 10 knots.

The speed restriction applies to vessels traveling in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, between the Quebec north shore and just north of Prince Edward Island.

“Our Government is determined to promote the safe coexistence of ship traffic and the marine environment in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. We are committed to ensuring that all vessels meet the temporary speed limit, and we will continue to take all appropriate action to ensure the safety of the whales,” Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, said in a statement.

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 slow down respected by all vessels in the designated area of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Transport Canada is examining all reported cases of non-compliance, on a case by case basis. 



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