The Government of Canada supports a global ban on heavy fuel oil in the Arctic
“Canada is proud to play a leadership role at the International Maritime Organization by supporting this ban and is committed to continue working with other countries, northern residents and marine stakeholders to help reduce economic impacts on northern communities.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport
“As an active member of the International Maritime Organization and consistent with Canada’s Arctic and Northern Policy Framework, we are supporting international cooperation to manage the potential environmental risks associated with Arctic shipping while ensuring support for Canada’s Northern communities.”
The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne
Minister of Foreign affairs
Communities in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, part of northern Quebec, Labrador, and part of Northern Manitoba could either be directly or indirectly affected by a heavy fuel oil ban in the Arctic. The majority of the population in these communities are Indigenous, primarily Inuit, Innu, and Cree.
Heavy fuel oil is a generic term used to describe lower-cost fuels with a high viscosity and density that remains in the environment for a long time should a ship-source oil spill occur.
As heavy fuel oil does not evaporate as quickly as other fuels, it is more likely to be trapped in ice, which can make recovery very difficult.
Heavy fuel oil is generally used by bulk carriers serving mines, general cargo vessels, and tankers servicing communities.
The Pollution Prevention and Response (PPR) Sub-Committee of the IMO is meeting February17- 21, 20 in London, England.
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs
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