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Quark Expeditions Canadian Arctic 2022 (149682)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Lyndsey Lewis
Company: Quark Expeditions
Start Date: 2022-08-06
End Date: 2022-09-23
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The Quark Canadian Arctic 2022 Expedition will operate with the m/v Ultramarine, carrying a maximum of 199 passengers and a minimum of 32 staff, which includes an ornithologist, a marine biologist, and a doctor. On this expedition, our staff to passenger ratio of 1:6.2. Many of our staff have 20-years, or more, experience working in the Canadian Arctic and other sensitive wildlife areas. In addition to the ice-worthiness of our ships, seasoned captains, expedition teams and crew, Quark’s safety standards, training and equipment protocols are of utmost importance and in many cases set the standard for the industry. Quark is the only expedition cruise company awarded British Standard BS 8848. Our own internal accreditation training programs cover Zodiac driving, navigation, VHF radio operation, operating in polar bear country and managing and handling lethal (firearms) and non-lethal deterrents to protect against dangerous animals. Passengers will use the ship as a floating platform to enjoy the scenery of the area. Once or twice per day the passengers will disembark the ship by Zodiacs or Helicopters to go ashore in wilderness areas or communities. Alternatively, they may join a Zodiac cruise, helicopter sightseeing flight, or participate in a kayaking activity. All Zodiacs will be equipped with emergency/safety kits and will be paired with another Zodiac. If there is a plan to go ashore, a landing barrel full of emergency supplies will be placed at the landing site. At least 1 of the paired Zodiacs will have a firearm handler, who has completed all modules and levels of our internal accreditation courses. Helicopters will be equipped with emergency/safety kits, and will not land without a firearm bearer on board or already ashore. All staff, including the Zodiac drivers will have VHF radios to stay in contact with each other as well as the ship. However, nobody will go ashore if a bear is seen. When cruising bird cliffs, all Zodiac drivers will follow AECO guidelines, CWS Guidelines for Seabird Viewing by Cruise Ships and CWS Guidelines for Visiting Seabird Colonies in Canada. To prepare passengers for landings, printed AECO Guidelines are mailed to the passengers before leaving home. We review these general guidelines on ship before our first landing. In addition, prior to a particular landing or Zodiac cruise we always have two briefings, one on ship and one on shore or in the Zodiacs to explain the limits of the area and the guidelines for visiting a particular area (e.g. being quiet around bird cliffs). If marine mammals are encountered by the ship or by Zodiac, we’ll follow the IAATO Marine Wildlife Watching Guidelines (Whales & Dolphins, Seals and Seabirds) For Vessel & Zodiac Operations. All activities will be conducted in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act which states: “Do not use aircraft, vessels, small boats or other means of transport in ways that disturb wildlife, either at sea or on land”. Quark is an American company so we are aware of and follow the US Marine Mammal Protection act. Additionally, we are aware of and follow the guideline document; NOAA Whale Watching and Viewing Other Marine Mammals in Alaska.
Persons: 231
Days: 54
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
8438 point Pangnirtung
8439 point Kekerten Island
8440 point Cape Mercy
8441 point Leopold Island
8442 point Qikiqtarjuaq - Broughton Island
8444 point Isabella Bay/Niginganiq
8445 point Coutts Inlet
8446 point Arctic Bay/Ikpiarjuk
8447 point Dundas Harbour
8448 point Croker Bay
8449 point Radstock Bay - Caswell Tower - Devon Island
8450 point Beechey Island
8451 point Cresswell Bay - Qikiqtaaluk Region
8452 point Fort Ross
8453 point Port Leopold
8454 point Prince Leopold Island MBS
8455 point Resolute/Qausuittuq
8456 point Half Way Island - Bellot Strait
8457 point English Bay - Strathcona Sound
8458 point Coburgh Island/Nirjutiqavvik
8459 point Grisefjord/Ausuittuq
8460 point Cuming Inlet
8461 point Markison Fiord
8462 point Gibbs Fiord
8464 point Hell Gate
8465 point Skaare Fjord
8466 point Glacier Fjord
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
Tourism Activities
Licensing Agencies
PC: 0
CH: Archaeology and Paleontology Research Permit, Class I
KitIA: Land Use Licence I
QIA: Land Use Licence I
GN-Parks: 0
CWS: Migratory Bird Sanctuary permit under the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations
CWS: National Wildlife Area permit under the Wildlife Area Regulations
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
m/v Ultramarine 1 Ship Tourism
Airbus H145 2 Helicopter Flightseeing
Mark V HD Zodiac 22 RIBs Expedition Cruising and landings
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Other 1 945 Cubic Meters Ships fuel (MGO) - Steel tanks built into the hull (945cbm)
Aviation fuel 1 39 Cubic Meters Helicopter x 2 / Jet A1 fuel (Steel tanks built into the ship's hull / built-in tanks on helicopters)
Gasoline 22 40 Liters Gasoline for Zodiacs (40 lts/Zodiac x 22 Zodiacs)
Gasoline 1 4 Cubic Meters reserve Gasoline for Zodiacs (steel tank built into the ship's hull)
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Please see summary of potential impacts in the Project Description (attached in Project Documents)
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Greywater Approx 85 cbm/day - Treated but not released unless in approved areas and in accordance with MARPOL. The amount includes both greywater and black water.
Non-Combustible wastes Approx 1.5 cbm/day - In accordance with MARPOL IV
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-02-16
Originator: Ben Bradley
Public Registry ID: 19455
Document Size: 68.63 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-02-16
Originator: Ben Bradley
Public Registry ID: 19454
Document Size: 2707.33 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-02-22
Originator: Adrian Gerhartz
Public Registry ID: 19532
Document Size: 239.1 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?

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)?