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Scenic Cruises - Unlocking the Northwest Passage (149259)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Lisa Bolton
Company: Scenic Cruises
Start Date: 2022-08-20
End Date: 2022-08-28
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Scenic Cruises has more than three decades of experience creating unforgettable, handcrafted journeys for our guests. Scenic is an Australian founded company and has developed itineraries that travel to more than 60 countries and every continent on Earth. From humble beginnings to world-renowned luxury cruise and tour operator, Scenic is recognised as a leader in its field. They have earned a world-class reputation for creating and delivering the ultimate cruising and touring itineraries for travellers who seek wondrous experiences and exceptional service. Their success has been built on establishing long term partnerships with suppliers and the regions in which we work. They continue to nurture these partnerships, to build new relationships and aim to deliver the best experience possible across the globe to create memories that will last a lifetime. Scenic is a member of CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association), IATA (International Air Transport Association), CATO (Council of Australian Tour Operators), and is ATAS (AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme) and ATAP Accredited (Australian Tourism Accreditation Program). Scenic has been the recipient of national and international accolades from the industry and its partners, as well as recognised within the industry for its exemplary product and operations. Scenic Cruises plans to operate their new ship, the Scenic Eclipse on an itinerary called Unlocking the Northwest Passage that travels through Greenland, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon Territory an Alaska. The itinerary is 21 days in length, operating 9 of those days in Nunavut. The Eclipse plans to visit the communities of Pond Inlet, Gjoa Haven and Cambridge Bay, as long as current COVID regulations permit, as well as make stops at a number of sites along the way. Please see attached itinerary and route map for details. Scenic Cruises will offer the following activities as part of its cruise itinerary: shore and community visits, hiking, kayaking, Zodiac cruising, aerial flightseeing by helicopter, submarine excursions, wildlife viewing and photography. The ship operates with an expedition field team (crew that will disembark) of 20 experienced guides and experts and maximum passenger capacity of 200.
Persons: 200
Days: 9
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
6197 polyline cruise vessel route map
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
Licensing Agencies
CWS: Migratory Bird Sanctuary permit under the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations
CH: Archaeology and Paleontology Research Permit, Class I
GN-DOE: Wildlife Observation Licence
KitIA: Exemption Certificate
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
Mark V Zodiacs with Yamaha 60 HP engines 12 5.8m Passenger transport to shore, Zodiac cruising excursions, kayak safety boat
Narwhal Fast Boat Heavy Duty 620 with Yamaha F150DETL engine 1 8-person small boat touring, passenger transport
Kayaks 8 double kayak excursions
Kayaks 2 single kayak excursions
Airbus H130 Helicopters 2 7-passenger Aerial flightseeing
U Boat Worx Cruise Submarine 7 1 6-passenger underwater viewing excursions
Ocean Robotics Aegir 50-4D Remote Operated Vehicle 1 105x72x59 cm Live stream underwater viewing for passengers
Cruise ship (unrestricted naviagation, polar class 6 passenger ship) 1 152x21x10m Transport and accommodation for cruise ship passengers.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 11 740 Cubic Meters MDO for vessel fuel
Aviation fuel 2 20 Cubic Meters helicopter fuel
Gasoline 2 3 Cubic Meters Zodiac engines
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0 No water will be retrieved for use during this voyage.
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
The use of light fuels for ship and small boat operations helps minimize pollutants discharged to the environment. Efforts are made to minimize disturbances to animal and plant communities through avoidance, low-impact boat operations and maintaining low boat speeds and engine noise while in the presence of animal communities. Plant and animal communities are observed undisturbed with minimal impact to the sea and land routes used for observation. See attached documents: Scenic Cruises Waste Management Procedures 2020.pdf &
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Combustible wastes . In addition, the ship has the following garbage processing equipment which minimizes the collected volume. This includes: a bale compactor, Glass crusher, waste shredder, and tin densifier. The bone crusher are than later put in cold storage. On-board incineration of waste is an approved garbage treatment process under MARPOL, which incorporates specifications for shipboard incinerators. Vessels with incinerators are designed, constructed, operated and maintained in accordance with this standard. Dry garbage is to be incinerated or treated otherwise by accepted standards. The storage area can contain estimated garbage generated in the course of 3 weeks provided it has been processed. MARPOL totally prohibits the discharge of all garbage at sea (except food waste). All plastics will either be burned or brought back and disposed of in port.
Sewage (human waste) . The treatment plant chlorinates and flocculates sewage, separating solids and liquids. The vessel will comply with the MARPOL requirement for sewage treatment. All sewage, gray water and kitchen sink water is stored in tanks until it can be processed.
Greywater . The treatment plant chlorinates and flocculates sewage, separating solids and liquids. The vessel will comply with the MARPOL requirement for sewage treatment. All sewage, gray water and kitchen sink water is stored in tanks until it can be processed.
Category: Application form attachment - Hazardous Material Use
Recieved: 2022-03-21
Originator: Kristyn Thoburn
Public Registry ID: 19671
Document Size: 440.21 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-03-21
Originator: Kristyn Thoburn
Public Registry ID: 19672
Document Size: 104.65 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2020-03-11
Originator: Kristyn Thoburn
Public Registry ID: 17544
Document Size: 2487.5 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-03-30
Originator: Solomon Amuno
Public Registry ID: 19776
Document Size: 241.43 Kb


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?
i. If not, explain why such flights are or may be absolutely necessary.
Scenic Cruises will offer aerial flightseeing by helicopter from the vessel. They will not fly in any protected areas and will abide by any guidelines set by regulatory agencies.
ii. If such flights are or may be absolutely necessary, will they avoid disturbance to people and wildlife?
iii. If not, explain why it is not possible to avoid such disturbance.

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)?