Transport Canada fines ships breaching speed restriction in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

In mid-August 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.

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

Three ships were recently issued penalties.

On September 8 a $6,000 fine was issued to the ship Seven Seas Navigator for exceeding the 10-knot speed restriction.

Then on August 11, 2017, a $6,000 penalty was assessed to the vessel Petalon for an alleged non-compliance with the temporary mandatory slow down.

Later on the same day a Canadian Coast Guard ship was fined $6000 for speeding in the whale protection area, according to the latest Transport Canada news release.

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