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Transport Canada issues three more fines related to Gulf of St. Lawrence

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Staff Writer | November 22, 2017
Transport Canada continues to take action to help ensure navigational safety and to protect the marine environment.
Canada   Penalties of $6,000 have been issued
Penalties of $6,000 have been issued to the vessels Azoresborg, New Shanghai and Jacqueline C for alleged non-compliance with a temporary mandatory vessel slowdown.

The vessel owners have 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 is examining all reported cases of non-compliance, on a case-by-case basis.

This past August, Transport Canada implemented a temporary mandatory slowdown of vessels 20 metres or more to a maximum of 10 knots due to the increased presence of whales in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, between the Quebec north shore and just north of Prince Edward Island.

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 slowdown respected by all vessels in the designated area of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.