Decision No. 104-W-1997

February 27, 1997

February 27, 1997

APPLICATION by P.F. Collins Customs Broker Ltd., pursuant to the Coasting Trade Act, S.C., 1992, c. 31, for a licence to use the "CONBERRIA", a Norwegian cement carrier- grouting vessel, to perform the grouting operation on the sea bed for the Hibernia platform (46o45'N, 48o46'W). The vessel must pick up the silicate and ciment in Halifax, Nova Scotia prior to proceeding to the Hibernia platform, and the grouting operation is to be completed in a five day period, during the period commencing June 15, 1997 and ending July 15, 1997.

File No. W9125/E4/97-2

P.F. Collins Customs Broker Ltd. (hereinafter P.F. Collins) has applied to the Minister of National Revenue for a licence to operate the service set out in the title. The matter was referred to the Canadian Transportation Agency (hereinafter the Agency) on January 17, 1997.

The Agency conducted a search of the relevant portion of the marine industry in order to determine, pursuant to subsection 8(1) of the Coasting Trade Act if there is a suitable Canadian ship available to provide the service or perform the activities described. Notice of the application was given on January 22, 1997 and, on January 27, 1997, an offer for the use of the "Cecilia Desgagnés" was filed by Transport Desgagnés Inc. (hereinafter Transport Desgagnés).

Following an exchange of correspondence between the parties as well as with the Agency, Transport Desgagnés withdrew its vessel offer on February 25, 1997, informing the Agency that it does not object to P.F. Collins's application.

In light of the foregoing, the Agency has determined, pursuant to subsection 8(1) of the Coasting Trade Act, that there is no Canadian ship suitable and available to perform the activities described in the application.

This determination will be provided to the Minister of National Revenue for any necessary action as provided for in the Coasting Trade Act.

This Decision does not constitute an authority to commence operations in respect of the service for which application has been made.

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