Shipping Firm Blames Fee Hike on Federal Measures to Protect Right Whales

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Shipping Firm Blames Fee Hike on Federal Measures to Protect Right Whales


Fee hike blamed on whale protection measures

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ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - A Newfoundland shipping firm is raising its fees, blaming higher costs because of federal measures taken to protect North Atlantic right whales after a series of deaths.

Oceanex Inc. says the four-per-cent "temporary marine protection surcharge" on service between Montreal and St. John's, N.L., follows a federal speed limit imposed last Friday in an area of the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

Ten of the endangered mammals have died in the gulf since early June -- at least some after colliding with ships.

Oceanex says in a release Friday the new regulations mean its vessels must travel more quickly outside the speed-restricted zone.

It says the measure "significantly increases vessel fuel consumption" and raises labour costs in port.

In a notification to clients, Oceanex asks them to raise any concerns about the regulation with the federal government.

"As a marine transportation operator, Oceanex is cognizant of its responsibility to promote navigation safety and protection of the marine environment. …

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