Determination No. W-2019-32

February 27, 2019

APPLICATION by Fugro Canada Corp., pursuant to the Coasting Trade Act, S.C., 1992, c. 31 (Act), for a licence.

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Fugro Canada Corp. applied, through its representative, to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Minister), for a licence to use the "FUGRO SYNERGY", a dynamic positioned geotechnical drill ship registered in the Bahamas, to conduct geotechnical soil investigations offshore Newfoundland and Labrador, in up to 1,400 m of water, to support offshore oil and gas development activities. The activity will start on or about May 25, 2019 and will end on August 31, 2019.

To support the licensing process, the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) must determine under section 8 of the Act whether a suitable Canadian ship is available to provide the service.

On January 30, 2019, Agency staff gave notice of the application to the Canadian marine industry. Pursuant to the notice, operators of Canadian-registered ships who intended to file with the Agency an objection to the application or an offer of a ship to perform the activity described in the application were required to do so by February 11, 2019.

On February 11, 2019, Horizon Maritime Services Ltd. (Horizon Maritime) filed with the Agency an objection to Fugro Canada Corp.'s application for the use of the "FUGRO SYNERGY" and offered two Canadian registered ships to perform the activity described in the application. Following a discussion with Fugro Canada Corp., Horizon Maritime advised that it no longer objected to the application. No other Canadian ships were offered.

In light of the above, the Agency determines that there is no suitable Canadian ship available to perform the activity.

The Minister considers the Agency's Determination in deciding whether to issue the licence. This Determination is not an authority to operate.


J. Mark MacKeigan
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