Penalties on vessels for speeding in Gulf of St Lawrence

Transport Canada has fined Containership MSC Diego (IMO 9202649) CAD12,000 (US$9,000) for not respecting measures introduced by the Government of Canada to protect endangered whales in Canadian waters.

Five fines were issued to other vessels for non-compliance with the temporary mandatory slowdown. Monetary penalties of CAD 6,000 were issued to vessels Oslo Bulk, Isola Celeste and Princess Ashita, while Canadian Coast Guard vessels CCGS Cape Edensaw and CCGS Cap d’Espoir were fined CAD 6,000 and CAD 12,000, respectively.

The vessels’ owners have 30 days to pay their penalty or to ask the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada to review the facts of their individual violations or the amounts of their penalties.

“Vessels must transit in a way that does not harm the endangered North Atlantic right whale population. When they exceed the set speed limits, we won’t hesitate to issue fines,” said Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport of Canada.

On July 8th Transport Canada implemented measures additional to those already in effect since April 28th. These included expanding the 10 knots speed limit zone further to the east and the introduction of a new slowdown shipping lane where vessels are required to slow down to 10 knots when a North Atlantic right whale has been spotted in the area.

Mandatory speed restrictions were also expanded to include any vessel more than 13 metres in length. Previously, the restriction had applied to vessels of 20 metres and over.

1999-built, Panama-flagged, 40,631 gt MSC Diego is owned by Med Delta SA care of MSC of Geneva, Switzerland. It is entered with Standard Club (International Division) on behalf of Med Delta SA.