Decision No. 577-W-1998

November 26, 1998

November 26, 1998

APPLICATION by John Banks, pursuant to the Coasting Trade Act, S.C., 1992, c. 31, for licences to use two unnamed Japanese catamaran vessels to operate a passenger only ferry service between downtown Vancouver and downtown Nanaimo, British Columbia, during the period commencing on March 30, 1999 and ending March 29, 2000.

File Nos. W9125/B16/98-5

John Banks has applied to the Minister of National Revenue for licences to operate the service set out in the title. The matter was referred to the Canadian Transportation Agency on October 16, 1998.

The Canadian Transportation Agency conducted a search of the relevant portion of the marine industry and has determined pursuant to subsection 8(1) of the Coasting Trade Act that there is no suitable Canadian ship available to provide the service or 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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