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Canada's Ship Safety Bulletin 15/2022 on the protection of killer whales in southern British Columbia

News & Insights 12 July 2022

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Transport Canada has issued a new Ship Safety Bulletin No.15/2022 which clarifies the vessel requirements under the Interim Order for the Protection of the Killer Whale in the waters of southern British Columbia. This replaces...

Canada's Ship Safety Bulletin 15/2022 on the protection of killer whales in southern British Columbia

Transport Canada has issued a new Ship Safety Bulletin No.15/2022 which clarifies the vessel requirements under the Interim Order for the Protection of the Killer Whale in the waters of southern British Columbia. This replaces Ship Safety Bulletin No.12/2021.

The Interim Order came into force on 1 June 2022 and applies to all vessels that are navigating in, on or through specific waters in Southern British Columbia regardless of the method of propulsion. These measures have been put in place 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, the establishment of interim Sanctuary Zones and the implementation of Seasonal Slowdown Areas. There are, however, 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 get in touch with your usual club contact.

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