Canada is adopting “strict” environmental standards to reduce emissions from ships navigating in Canadian waters, according to Denis Lebel, the country’s minister of transport, infrastructure and communities; minister of the economic development agency of Canada for Quebec; and minister of intergovernmental affairs. These changes further align Canada’s emission standards with the U.S.
“Since vessels from Canada and the United States routinely travel in both countries’ waters, aligning our regulations is the logical thing to do,” Lebel said in a written statement. He also announced measures to prevent other ship-source pollution in Canadian waters.
The amendments bring new requirements into force for vessels under Annex VI of the International Maritime Organization’s “International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships,” which Canada has negotiated with international partners.