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Coast Guard ship fined for going too fast in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Transport Canada has fined the Sir William Alexander $6,000 for "alleged non-compliance" with the federal government's 10-knot speed restriction.

Transport Canada fined the Sir William Alexander $6,000 for allegedly going more than 10 knots

Coast Guard ship Sir William Alexander was fined $6,000 by Transport Canada. (Glenn Payette/CBC)

Transport Canada has fined the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Sir William Alexander $6,000 for going too fast in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. 

The ship allegedly violated the federal government's 10-knot speed limit that was put in place in August to prevent further deaths of the endangered North Atlantic right whales.​

As of Sept. 16, there have been 11 right whales confirmed dead in the Gulf.

The federal government previously fined a cruise ship on Sept. 8.  

Transport Canada taking restrictions 'very seriously'

"We take the speed restriction very seriously," Delphine Denis, a spokesperson for the federal Minister of Transport, said in an email.

"No vessel over 20 metres is exempt from the conditions when travelling in the western Gulf of St. Lawrence, between the Quebec north shore and just north of Prince Edward Island."

The department didn't specify where or when the violation occurred. 

Fines are determined on a case-by-case basis and may range between a  minimum of $6,000 and a maximum of $25,000 .

The Coast Guard has 30 days to pay the penalty or to ask the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada to review the fine.

The Sir William Alexander is an 83-metre vessel that can go up to 16 knots. 


Cody MacKay

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Cody MacKay is a writer, editor and social media producer for CBC News on Prince Edward Island. From Summerside, he's a UPEI history and Carleton masters of journalism grad who joined CBC P.E.I. in 2017. You can reach him at or on social media as @CodyBMac