Canada: Gulf of St. Lawrence speed restriction enforced

On August 11, 2017, Transport Canada took action to protect whales 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. The marine notice may be found here. In one case, Transport Canada has taken action by issuing a $6,000 penalty to the Seven Seas Navigator and to the Petalon for an alleged non-compliance with the temporary mandatory slow down. Information on these cases may be found here and here.

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