Arctic Shipping Pollution Prevention Regulations (ASPPR)

Navigation in coastal waters within Canadian jurisdiction north of latitude 60°N is governed by the Arctic Shipping Pollution Prevention Regulations (ASPPR) , under the Arctic Waters Pollution Prevention Act. The ASPPR deal with the construction of ships (certain construction requirements for different navigation zones); bunkering stations; Arctic Pollution Prevention Certificates; Ice Navigator issues (any vessel planning to use the Arctic Ice Regime Shipping System and every tanker must have a qualified Ice Navigator on board); fuel and water concerns (enough of both on board before entering a zone); sewage deposit and oil deposit mishaps (unavoidable deposit only, that is, to save a life; or from damage to a ship from stranding, collision, or foundering if all reasonable precautions were taken). All vessels above 100 tons that navigate Canadian Arctic waters must comply with these regulations, including reporting requirements. Shipowners may request an Arctic Pollution Prevention Certificate for vessels that carry more than 453 m3 of pollutants (including all oil, fuel, and lubricants).

Related Publications

Scientific Analysis of the ASPPR Hybrid System for Type B Vessels