Ballast Water Control and Management Regulations

Version of section 6 from 2011-10-27 to 2017-02-12:


Marginal note:Application

  •  (1) This section applies in respect of a vessel that exchanges ballast water and, during the course of its voyage, navigates more than 200 nautical miles from shore where the water depth is at least 2 000 m.

  • Marginal note:Exchange areas

    (2) Ballast water that is taken on board a vessel outside waters under Canadian jurisdiction must not be released in waters under Canadian jurisdiction unless an exchange is conducted, before the vessel enters those waters, in an area at least 200 nautical miles from shore where the water depth is at least 2 000 m.

  • Marginal note:Exception — Laurentian Channel

    (3) If, in respect of a voyage to a port, offshore terminal or anchorage area in the Great Lakes Basin, St. Lawrence River or Gulf of St. Lawrence, the requirements of subsection (2) cannot be met because doing so would compromise the stability or safety of the vessel or the safety of persons on board the vessel, the Minister must be notified as soon as possible. After notice is provided, an exchange may be conducted, beginning on December 1 and ending on May 1, in an area in the Laurentian Channel east of 63° west longitude where the water depth is at least 300 m.

  • Marginal note:Alternative exchange areas

    (4) If the requirements of subsection (2) cannot be met because doing so is infeasible or would compromise the stability or safety of the vessel or the safety of persons on board the vessel, an exchange may be conducted in the following areas in waters under Canadian jurisdiction:

    • (a) in respect of a voyage to a port, offshore terminal or anchorage area on the east coast of Canada, an area south of 43°30′ north latitude where the water depth is at least 1 000 m;

    • (b) in respect of a voyage to a port, offshore terminal or anchorage area on the west coast of Canada, an area at least 50 nautical miles west of Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Islands and at least 50 nautical miles west of a line extending from Cape Scott to Cape St. James where the water depth is at least 500 m, with the exception of waters within 50 nautical miles of the Bowie Seamount (53°18′ north latitude and 135°40′ west longitude);

    • (c) in respect of a voyage to a port, offshore terminal or anchorage area in Hudson Bay, an area in Hudson Strait east of 70° west longitude where the water depth is at least 300 m; and

    • (d) in respect of a voyage to a port, offshore terminal or anchorage area in the High Arctic, an area in Lancaster Sound east of 80° west longitude where the water depth is at least 300 m.

  • Marginal note:Exception — west coast

    (5) If, in respect of a voyage to a port, offshore terminal or anchorage area on the west coast of Canada, the requirements of paragraph (4)(b) cannot be met because doing so is infeasible or would compromise the stability or safety of the vessel or the safety of persons on board the vessel, an exchange may be conducted in an area at least 45 nautical miles west of Vancouver Island and the Queen Charlotte Islands and at least 45 nautical miles west of a line extending from Cape Scott to Cape St. James where the water depth is at least 500 m, with the exception of waters within 50 nautical miles of the Bowie Seamount (53°18′ north latitude and 135°40′ west longitude).

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