Canada's Ship Safety Bulletin 12/2021 on the protection of killer whales in southern British Columbia

News & Insights 18 August 2021

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Transport Canada has issued a new Ship Safety Bulletin 12/2021 which clarifies the vessel requirements under the Interim Order for the Protection of the Killer Whale in the waters of southern British Columbia 2021. 

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Transport Canada has issued a new Ship Safety Bulletin 12/2021 which clarifies the vessel requirements under the Interim Order for the Protection of the Killer Whale in the waters of southern British Columbia 2021. 

The Interim Order came into force on 1 June 2021 and applies to all vessels that are navigating in, on or through specific waters in Southern British Columbia regardless of the method of propulsion. Its purpose is to reduce the noise and physical disruption which vessels can cause to the endangered Southern Resident killer whale.

The measures include a 400 metre approach distance restriction and the establishment of interim sanctuary zones. There are also some exemptions. Failure to comply with the Interim Order or instructions in the NAVWARNS related to the Interim Order may result in a fine up to C$ 250,000 or penal sanctions under the Canada Shipping Act 2001.

Further details are contained in the bulletin which is available on the Government of Canada website. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your usual club contact.

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