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2019-11-11 11:00

NARW Speed Restriction - Updates

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 zones and five dynamic shipping corridors.

Latest information on the speed limits applicable in the dynamic zones can be found below (*)

A. Static Zones: 

Due to severe weather conditions, the mandatory speed restrictions in the static zones have been lifted temporarily. Vessels can proceed at a safe operational speed.

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-2059-19 (effective 0000 UTC November 13, 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 for 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).