Due to the increased presence of North Atlantic Right Whales in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, seasonal speed restrictions apply from April 28 to November 15, 2019 through a combination of a static speed zone and four dynamic shipping corridors.
Latest information on the speed limits applicable in the dynamic zones can be found below (*).
A. Static Zone:
Vessels to operate at 10 knots or less (speed over ground), except in the five dynamic sectors below.
B. Dynamic Sector Corridors
Vessels may proceed at a safe operational speed when the Government of Canada has completed one flight over the dynamic sectors in 7 days and determined that no whales are present in these areas. Information on applicable speed limits is continuously broadcasted to vessels by the CCG MCTS via Navigation warnings (NAVWARNs, formely known as NOTSHIPs).
As per the latest NAVWARN NW-Q-1368-19 (effective 2300 UTC on August 2, 2019):
Sector A: Vessels may proceed at a safe operational speed
Sector B: Vessels may proceed at a safe operational speed
Sector C: Vessels may proceed at a safe operational speed
Sector D: Vessels may proceed at a safe operational speed
Sector E: Vessels may proceed at a safe operational speed
Click for HERE the full text of the NAVWARN.
Coordinates for static and dynamic sectors can be accessed through the amended Ship Safety Bulletin (amended 2019-08-02) - Please click HERE.
(*) NOTE: Although the above information will be updated as often as possible, NAVWARNs issued by the Canadian authorities remain the source of information to ensure compliance and can be accessed through the CCG website (click here).