Turn to the nation's most objective and informative daily environmental news resource to learn how the United States and key players around the world are responding to the environmental...
Ships in Arctic waters would still be required to meet pollution-prevention rules that go beyond internationally agreed upon standards, Canada proposed.
Draft regulations to adopt the International Maritime Organization’s Polar Code would require ship owners to meet Canada’s stringent current standards for waste, sewage, and oil pollution, the government said.
The proposed Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations would continue to prohibit the discharge of any waste, oil, noxious liquid substances and untreated sewage from ships in Canadian Arctic waters except where specifically authorized, but would add any stronger measures included in the Polar Code, Transport Canada said July 1.
“Although Canada has had its own unique domestic Arctic shipping regime based on the central tenets of precautionary ship safety and pollution prevention since the early 1970s, this regime contains certain measures that are now outdated and require revision to reflect advancements in ship design and technology,” the department said.
The regulations would repeal Canada’s existing regime for protecting Arctic waters, the Arctic Shipping Pollution Prevention Regulations, but many of the existing requirements that go beyond the provisions in the Polar Code are reproduced in the new regulations, it said.
The Shipping Federation of Canada, which represents owners, operators, and agents in all sectors of the shipping industry, did not respond to a June 30 request for comment from Bloomberg BNA on the proposal.
The government noted that it had consulted with industry since 2013 on developing the Polar Code and how Canada would implement its provisions. An earlier draft of the proposed regulations was presented during Transport Canada’s Canadian Marine Advisory Council meeting in April 2016
The regulations are open to public comment through Sept. 14.
Canada was instrumental in developing the Polar Code, or International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters, adopted by the International Maritime Organization in May 2015 through amendments to the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) and the International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), the government said.
Canada has since taken steps under each of those conventions to be bound to the Polar Code’s safety-related technical amendments on Jan. 1, 2018, it said. However, Canada would only be bound by the pollution-prevention amendments to MARPOL on Arctic waters after giving its express approval to the IMO, it said.
The regulations would adopt all of the Polar Code’s safety-related requirements, but only those pollution provisions that add to or improve Canada’s existing Arctic shipping pollution-prevention regime, the government said.
For example, the code prohibits the discharge of oil or oily mixtures, but that would duplicate the existing provisions in Canada’s rules, it said. On the other hand, Canada’s current regime allows releases of untreated sewage, but the regulations adopt the more stringent rules in the code that only permit discharges from vessels of 400 gross tons or more or certified to carry more than 15 persons, it said.
Specific prohibitions that would go beyond the Polar Code’s requirements include:
To contact the reporter on this story: Peter Menyasz in Ottawa at email@example.com
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Greg Henderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The draft regulations are available at http://bit.ly/2tyZ2lH.
Copyright © 2017 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)