Letter Decision No. LET-W-54-2003

March 11, 2003

Coasting trade application on behalf of Shell Canada Products Ltd.

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This is further to the Coasting trade licence application filed by P.F. Collins Customs Broker Ltd. on behalf of Shell Canada Products Limited (hereinafter the applicant) to use an unknown number of unidentified tankers to carry crude oil, on an as required basis, from any of the six named East Coast ports to supply crude oil to the Shell Refinery in Montreal, Quebec either directly or through Portland, Maine, USA, during a period of one year from March 16, 2003 to March 15, 2004.

The Canadian Transportation Agency (hereinafter the Agency) determines that the present application cannot be processed as, being an application for a blanket waiver for foreign vessels, it is speculative in nature and does not permit the Agency to conduct a meaningful search to determine the availablity of suitable Canadian tankers. Furthermore, while the applicant has indicated that the application has been submitted in this manner to address the urgency of the timely delivery of crude oil, the Agency is of the view that it can address any urgent requirement in a timely fashion and, as such, this cannot justify the acceptance of a speculative application for a one year blanket waiver for foreign vessels.

The application is therefore being returned, as unacceptable, due to its entirely speculative nature, and the lack of precise dates for the proposed activity. Should the need arise, a specific application should be submitted, and it will be treated with due consideration.

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