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Silversea Cruises Ltd., MS SILVER CLOUD, Arctic and Greenland Expedition Cruise, Kangerlussuaq to Kangerlussuaq, 26 August – 11 September 2019, Voyage 1920, and Arctic and Greenland Expedition Cruise, Kangerlussuaq to Quebec City, 11 – 25 September 2019, Voyage 1921 (149015)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Conrad Combrink
Company: Silversea Cruises Ltd.
Start Date: 2019-08-30
End Date: 2019-09-17
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
MS SILVER CLOUD is a modern passenger cruise ship operated by Silversea Cruises Ltd. The Company plans two cruises to Nunavut during summer 2019. There will be up to 250 passengers and 230 crew members (including approximately 24 members of the expedition team) per voyage. Project duration (in the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut) is for seven days on voyage 1920 (30 August – 05 September) and three days on voyage 1921 (15 – 17 September). The Nunavut portion of the tineraries are as follows: Voyage 1920: 30 August - * Pond Inlet (Community visit) 31 August - Sam Ford Fjord 01 September - Gibbs Fjord 02 September - Bylot Island (*Bylot Island MBS) 03 September - Devon Island (*Beechey & *Dundas Harbor) / Coburg Island (*Nirjutiqavvik NWA) (Zodiac cruise) 04 September - Markison Fjord 05 September - * Pim Island / Alexandra Fjord * = Permits required Voyage 1921: 15 September - Iqaluit (Community visit) 16 September - Lady Franklin Island (Zodiac cruise) / Monumental Island (Zodiac cruise) 18 September - Akpatok Island (Zodiac cruise) Community visits are planned at Pond Inlet (30 August) during voyage 1920 and Iqaluit (15 September) during voyage 1921, with advance pre-planning through licensed operators. Local services will be contracted, and guides employed. Equipment includes: MS SILVER CLOUD Proposed use: Vessel providing transportation and accommodations Fuel: Marine Gas Oil Fuel capacity (m. ton) - Approx. 871 m. tons Estimated fuel usage: 33,750 liters per day Storage methods of fuel: Built-in fuel tanks Mark V Zodiac-brand auxiliary boats Quantity: 16 (each can carry 10-12 persons plus the driver) Proposed use: Zodiac tours and to facilitate shore landings Fuel: Unleaded gasoline Estimated fuel usage: 100 litres per day (for the 16 Zodiacs) Fuel storage methods: Containers stored on deck (refueling done aboard ship) Kayaks Quantity: 8 doubles plus 2 single kayaks (for up to 16 kayakers plus 2 instructors/guides) Proposed use: Recreational use Activities include sightseeing by ship, Zodiac cruising, guided kayaking excursions, and shore landings for activities such as guided interpretive walks, bird- and nature-watching, and hiking. Activities will follow standard operating procedures and will be managed by the Expedition Leader with the assistance of a highly-experienced team of expedition staff members. Where applicable, permit and license applications will be submitted to the appropriate authorities and permits/licenses carried on board. No structures will be erected (permanent/temporary) to support the proposed activity. The Captain will make appropriate arrangements in areas where docks or piers are available for use. Site and community visits will follow AECO Operational and Community Guidelines ( and Government Nunavut’s Visitor Code of Conduct” and Nunavut Operator Code of Conduct,” including recommendations for operating around polar bears. Mitigation measures are in place to minimize risk to the environment and to flora and fauna. Operations have been planned to be fully self-sufficient, with activities managed by experienced personnel and to be within the search and rescue capability of the company, including for medical evacuation. An Environmental Impact Assessment has been prepared. Alternatives considered were: •Changes to itinerary •Changes to sites visited •Changes to number of guests •Changes to vessel used •Changes to Zodiac usage, and •Alternative of not proceeding It is anticipated that the environmental impact resulting from the planned activity will be not more than minor or transitory in nature.
Persons: 480
Days: 10
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
4779 polyline S Cloud 1921 Canada
4780 polyline SCloud 1920 Canada
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Extablished National or Territorial Park
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Tourism Activities
Marine-Based Activities
Tourism Activities
Licensing Agencies
CWS: Migratory Bird Sanctuary permit under the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations
CWS: National Wildlife Area permit under the Wildlife Area Regulations
CH: Archaeology and Paleontology Research Permit, Class I
TC: Equivalency Certificate
QIA: Land Use Licence II
NIRB: Screening Decision Report
GN-DOE: Wildlife Observation Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
MS SILVER CLOUD 1 Length overall 155.80m, Breadth 21.4m, Draft max 5.70m, 16927 Gross Tonnage Vessel providing transport and accommodations
Mark V brand Zodiac inflatable boats with 60HP Suzuki-brand 4-stroke outboard engines 16 Length overall 5.85m, width 2.48m, carrying capacity of 12 persons Auxiliary motorized craft to facilitate shore landings and for short guided sightseeing excursions
Kayaks 8 doubles and 2 singles for instructor/guides 4.85m singles / 5.67m doubles Short guided sightseeing excursions
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 1 50260 Liters Marine gas oil fuel for MS SILVER CLOUD. Double-skin tanks (ice-strengthened hull). The likelihood of a catastrophic puncture of a fuel tank is extremely low. The vessel has an ice-class of !-C under R.I.Na.
Gasoline 40 38 Liters Unleaded gasoline for the auxiliary boats (Zodiacs).
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
70 Reverse Osmosis (RO) Plants Tanks
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
The predicted environmental impact from the planned activity is perceived to be not more than minor or transitory. Refer to project document: Silversea Cruises Ltd. Environmental Impact Assessment for Ship-based Tourism, Multi-Year Assessment, MS SILVER CLOUD, 01 June 2017 through 01 June 2027, Revised 29 November 2018 for an assessment and further information in this regard. Additional information may also be found in the Company's Non-technical Project Summary - both of which have been submitted as background documents.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater 192m³/day Advanced treatment system > Permeate Discharge sea/shore according to Canadian legislation
Combustible wastes 3m³/day N/A Daily Incinerated
Non-Combustible wastes 1.5m³/day N/A Processed on board to reduce volume and delivered ashore where facilities exist
Sewage (human waste) 3m3/day Biological treatment and chlorine disinfection Treated on board. Discharge sea/shore according to Canadian Legislation.
Hazardous waste 2m3/week N/A Disposal to shore to a certified reception port
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Originator: Bill Davis
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Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?

s3.5.11, s3.3.5.12: Does the proposal consider the development of a transportation and/or communications corridor?

Code of Good Conduct for Land Users:
Appendix H: The applicant undertakes to adhere to the code of Good Conduct at all times.