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Slow down ‘eh! MSC ship fined for violating speed limit in Canada

PortandTerminal.com, August 13, 2019

MONTREAL, CANADA – Transport Canada has issued a CAD 12,000 (about USD 9,000) penalty to a containership operated by Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and five other fines to vessels for non-compliance with the temporary mandatory slow down in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Another right whale found dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Eight have been killed recently

Transport Canada issued the fines to the six vessels — including two Canadian Coast Guard ships — for speeding through waters that had been subject to a temporary slowdown after eight North Atlantic right whales were reported dead in the Gulf of St. Lawrence since early June.

Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport of Canada in his previous role as Payload Specialist on Shuttle Mission 41-G in October 1984

“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,” Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport of Canada, commented.

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