Navigation and Pilotage
Updating the Navigable Waters Protection Act
Transport Minister, JohnBaird, released a Ministerial Order outlining criteria for determining classes of minor works and minor waterways under the Navigable Waters Protection Act (NWPA).
Defining classes of minor works and waters that have no significant impact to navigation, such as irrigation and drainage ditches, will enable the government to streamline the approval process for infrastructure and natural resource projects.
Recent changes to the NWPA were made to ensure that the Act is applied only to infrastructure development projects and activities that actually pose a risk to navigation safety.
The amended Act includes provisions for enforcement, the creation of a continuing offence provision and the addition of inspection powers. It also provides the authority to establish fines from $5,000 to $50,000.
The order was published in the Canada Gazette, PartI on May9,2009. Backgrounder about the Navigable Waters Protection Act.
Pacific Pilotage Tariff Amendments Published
Pine Island Pilot Boarding Station
The Pacific Pilotage Authority has issued a Notice to Industry outlining changes to extend the operations of the Pine Island Boarding Station located at 50º 59’ N Latitude and 127º 48’ W Longitude.
a. No vessel is to proceed east of a line drawn from Cape James point on Hope Island to Pine Island Lt on Pine Island until the licensed pilot is on the bridge.
b. No vessel is to proceed east of a line drawn between Greeting Point on Nigei Island and Bright Island in the Buckle Group until the Master - Pilot exchange has been completed.
c. Notwithstanding 2(a) and (b) the boarding pilot and master of the inbound vessel can, in the interest of safety such as adverse weather conditions, agree to waive these requirements and agree on an alternative safe boarding location.
For a 12 month trial period during the months October 15th to April 15th the pilot launch will not depart Port Hardy if the sustained wind speed at Pine Island exceeds 30 knots. If the launch is unable to carry out the transfer due to weather conditions the alternatives will be:
a. Helicopter transfer off Kaiens Island or Cape Beale.
b. Launch transfer off Cape Beale utilizing the Victoria launch.
Prefontaine Appointed to PPA Board
The Minister of Transport Infrastructure and Communities has announced the appointment of Paul Prefontaine of Saga Forest Carriers Vancouver and Karen Horcher, a financial specialist, to the Board of the Pacific Pilotage Authority. View Full Release.
Canada Extends Northern Jurisdiction
The Prime Minister Stephen Harper has announced that the Government of Canada will extend its jurisdiction in the
The Prime Minister announced that his government will be introducing changes to the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act as part of its fall legislative agenda. Currently the Act allows the Canadian Government to regulate all shipping in zones up to 100 nautical miles from the nearest Canadian land in order to guard against pollution of the region’s marine and coastal environments. Under the proposed new law, this jurisdiction will be extended to 200 nautical miles.
In addition the Prime Minister announced that his government will establish new regulations under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 that will require mandatory reporting from all ships destined for Arctic waters within the same 200 nautical mile limit.