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Canada fines Coast Guard ship for violating temporary mandatory slow down

Transport Canada has issued another CAD 6,000 penalty to the Canadian Coast Guard ship Sir William Alexander for an alleged non-compliance with the temporary mandatory slow down aimed at preventing whale deaths.

In August, the Canadian government brought into force aiming to protect the marine environment by protecting the whales in the area. This regulation must be complied with by all the vessels travelling in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, between the Quebec north shore and just north of Prince Edward Island. The regulation implemented the slowdown of vessels 20 metres or more to a maximlum of 10 knots.

While the shipping industry in general has been proactive in respecting the speed limits, the Government of Canada said it is determined to have the temporary mandatory slow down respected by all vessels in the designated area of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

“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, commented.

The owner of the vessel fined 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 said in a statement.

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