The deadline for submissions for input into Canada’s changes to the Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations is Sept. 14, 2017.
Transport Canada is making changes to Canada’s Arctic Shipping Safety and Pollution Prevention Regulations. The proposed changes are designed to align with Canada’s shipping legislation and the International Maritime Organization’s Polar Code, which came into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.
Although this addition to the Polar Code is welcome, according to organizations such as World Wildlife Fund, two major issues – the use of heavy fuel oil and the discharge of grey water in Arctic waters – won’t be in this update of the regulations, although, WWF is encouraged by the fact that both have been earmarked for ‘future’ consultations in the regulatory language.
“It’s a missed opportunity that’s what we’re saying because of the urgency, because of the threats of the use of heavy fuel oil, something needs to be done now. These regulations need to be changed in order to phase out the use of this very toxic fuel. Now is the time for Transport Canada to hear what Northerners are thinking about increased shipping, about what impacts they are seeing in the local waterways,” said Andrew Dumbrille, Senior Specialist for Sustainable Shipping with WWF.
For the indigenous people who live all across Canada’s Arctic there is plenty to worry about when it comes to the Arctic waters. Climate change, melting permafrost and marine traffic through the NW Passage are the concern and something that many of the people who call the Arctic home are worried about.
Communities and community members in the north who would like to have their say on these very important changes to Arctic Shipping Regulations can send comments to Drummond Fraser (firstname.lastname@example.org).