Decision No. 681-W-2003

December 12, 2003

December 11, 2003

APPLICATION by J.B. Ellis & Co. Ltd., on behalf of Alaska Marine Lines, Inc.,pursuant to the Coasting Trade Act, S.C., 1992, c. 31, for a licence to use the American tugs and barges: "TONGASS PROVIDER", "CHICAGOF PROVIDER", "CHATHAM PROVIDER", "TAKU PROVIDER", "SOUTHEAST PROVIDER", "STIKINE PROVIDER", "WESTERN NAVIGATOR", "OCEAN RANGER", "WESTERN TITAN" and "PACIFIC TITAN" to provide weekly water bridge services between Seattle, Washington, and Wrangell, Juneau, Haines and Skagway, Alaska to transport goods originating in Vancouver, British Columbia, and destined to various points in Northern British Columbia, Yukon Territory and Northwest Territories, during the period commencing on January 1, 2004 and ending December 31, 2004.

File Nos. W9125/J1/03-1

J.B. Ellis & Co. Ltd. has, on behalf of Alaska Marine Lines, Inc., 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 on November 3, 2003.

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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