Northwest Passage rules slammed by shippers

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Since July 1, marine vessels have had to register with the Canadian Coast Guard before, during and after they travel in the Canadian government's designated NORDREG zone. (Transport Canada) Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/canada/north/story/2010/07/09/arctic-nordreg-shippers.html#ixzz0tOTqioBS

The world’s largest group of shipping companies has told the Canadian government its new moves to assert control of the Northwest Passage might violate international law.

The Baltic and International Maritime Council, whose members control two-thirds of global shipping tonnage, has objected to rules that force commercial ships to register with the Canadian Coast Guard if they sail into the Passage.

The council says that rule could conflict with the right of innocent passage for shippers.

The council also says Canada’s decision to extend environmental protection to waters 200 kilometres from the coast is “drastic” and not needed.

The U.S. has also expressed reservations about the new rules, which came into effect on July 1.

Few countries agree that the Passage is Canadian.

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