Canadian Coast Guard Ship Fined for Non-complaince with Speed Mandate

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Trasport Canada issued a fine on CAD 6000 to Canadian Coast Guard ship Sir William Alexander for non-compliance with the temporary mandatory slow down aimed at preventing whale deaths.

According to reports, the vessel owner will have a month within which to pay the penalty or ask the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada to review the facts of the violation or the amount of the penalty, Transport Canada said in a statement.

Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, stated, “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,”

The Canadian government implemented the measure in August to optimise navigational safety and protect the marine environment as the presence of whales in the area increased according to their migration cycle.

The slow down of vessels 20 metres or more to a maximum of 10 knots applies to vessels travelling in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, between the Quebec north shore and just north of Prince Edward Island.