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MS SEABOURN VENTURE - # VN220918 (149766)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Kate Smith
Company: F.K. Warren Ltd.
Start Date: 2022-09-24
End Date: 2022-09-29
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
MS SEABOURN VENTURE is a passenger ship operated by Seabourn Cruise Line Ltd., based in Seattle, Washington, USA. Plans are to operate one cruise to Nunavut commencing September 18, 2022 in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland and ending in St. John’s, Newfoundland on October 2, 2022. Aboard will be up to 260 passengers, 120 crew members (including 27 members of the Expedition Team) and one Ice Navigator to assist the Master. The itinerary includes several stops Greenland prior to arrival to Nunavut. The project duration in Nunavut is six days, from September 23-29, 2022. The First Port of Arrival to Canada will be made to Pond Inlet on September 24, 2022 for the purpose of clearance and entry purposes Customs & Immigration. The vessel will remain at anchor, with authorities taken to the vessel by tender. Once the vessel has been cleared by authorities passengers will come ashore in small groups for a community visit. On September 25, the vessel plans to visit Dundas Harbour. The vessel will anchor and passengers will be tendered ashore where they will explore the abandoned outpost. Later on September 25 the vessel will drift near Croker Bay and passengers will view the glacier fronts by way of zodiac scenic tours and kayaks. We are requesting permission for the vessel’s submarine to be used in this area as well. On September 26 passengers will go ashore at Beechey Island for a scenic hike. On September 29 the vessel will call Lady Franklin Island and Monumental Island for wildlife viewing by means of the vessel and the vessel's Zodiacs and kayaks. Activities will follow Government Nunavut's recommended wildlife viewing distances to polar bears and the EC-CWS Guidelines to Avoid Disturbance to Seabird and Waterbird Colonies in Canada ( Activities will also follow the Government of Nunavut's Welcoming Visitors to Nunavut guidelines and the Code of Conduct for Operators in Nunavut, as provided by Cruise Nunavut, as well as guidelines for operators as provided by the Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators (, of which the Company is a Full Member in good standing. Equipment includes the following: MS SEABOURN VENTURE Quantity: 1 Size / Dimensions: Length overall 170m, Breadth 26m, 23,000 Gross Tonnage Proposed use: Vessel providing transportation and accommodations Fuel: Low Sulfur Marine Gas Oil / Total amount in litres: 1270m3 / Double skin tanks / Ice-class of hull - PC6 Polar Class (RINA) Storage Methods of Fuel: Built-in fuel tanks of the vessel MK6 HD Zodiac-brand auxiliary boats outfitted with Yamaha-brand 100 HP 4-stroke outboard engines Quantity: 14 Size / Dimensions: Length overall 7.0m, width 2.88m, carrying capacity of 20 persons Proposed use: Zodiac tours and to facilitate shore landings Fuel: 1.7 m3 litres unleaded gasoline (30 pcs. x 25 litre tanks) for the Zodiacs; 6300 litres fuel stored in the Marina (in a class-approved storage tank); and 250 litres of fuel stored in jerry cans (in non-flammable containers) Storage Methods of fuel: See Fuel above. MK5 HD Zodiac-brand auxiliary boats outfitted with Yamaha-brand 70 HP 4-stroke outboard engines Quantity: 10 Size / Dimensions: Length overall 5.85m, width 2.48m, carrying capacity of 15 persons Proposed use: Zodiac tours and to facilitate shore landings Fuel: See MK6 Fuel above Storage Methods of fuel: See MK6 Storage Methods of fuel above Each Zodiac is equipped with safety equipment and fuel-efficient engines that comply with all environmental protection standards and minimize noise, thereby mitigating impact to wildlife. Kayaks Quantity: 7 doubles (for 14 kayakers) plus 2 single kayaks (for guide use) Size / Dimensions: Length overall 4.8m (doubles) / 4.5m (singles) Proposed use: Recreational use (in areas away from wildlife) Operations will be conducted in small groups to be led by one or two kayak guides (in single kayaks) and support staff in a rescue Zodiac (outfitted with safety equipment), which will accompany the groups at all times. The following will be contacted in advance to provide an introduction and overview on the planned activity: Iqaluit Economic Development Officer, Hunters and Trappers Organization of Iqaluit (Amaruq HTO), Inuit Heritage Trust and the Qikiqitani Inuit Association. Where applicable, permit and license applications will be submitted in advance to the appropriate authorities and carried on board. Applications include: - Corporate registrations (Government Nunavut, Dept. of Economic Development & Transportation / Cruise Nunavut) As noted, the activity is for the purpose of tourism and . As such, no structures will be erected (permanent/temporary), including camps and associated structures, docks, piers and/or airstrips to support the proposed tourism activity. A detailed operations plan has been compiled to evaluate environmental aspects of the planned activity and to ensure compliance with requirements under Federal and Territorial legislation. 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 vessel, including for medical evacuation. It is anticipated that the environmental impact resulting from the planned activity will be not more than minor or transitory. Cruise Vessels – Canadian Arctic and Covid Management As Canadian agents for multiple cruise lines calling in Canadian waters this year, we have been working closely with the below listed organizations on a safe resumption to cruising as it relates to Covid-19. •Transport Canada •Public Health Agency Canada •Canadian Border Services Agency •Department Fisheries and Oceans •Provincial and Territorial Health Departments •AECO •Industry Representatives (cruise lines) All passengers and crew must be fully vaccinated. All passengers and crew must have a pre-embarkation covid test (72 hours for PCR/48 hours for rapid antigen test). Vaccination and testing information is reported to Public Health via ArriveCan app prior to individuals embarking the vessel. Passengers and crew will be monitored for symptoms over the duration of the cruise. Any passengers/crew who test positive for covid during the voyage will be isolated in designated area onboard the vessel. Close contacts will be isolated and tested. The intent is for any covid positive individuals to remain onboard in isolation until either disembarkation or 10 days of isolation have passed and they are asymptomatic. Cruise ships are equipped with onboard medical facilities and can manage patients onboard. In an individual becomes medically unstable and requires advanced treatment, the individual will be medevacked to a health facility outside of the Canadian Arctic. All cruise ships MUST have a Covid-19 Management Plan in place, which clearly outlines sanitation procedures, health policies, handling of positive cases, etc. For ports outside of the Arctic there is a Ship to Shore checklist which must be completed for each port. There is a working group comprised of the above organizations still developing the framework for the Arctic. We are part of this committee, and all details are passed to the cruise lines we represent.
Persons: 380
Days: 6
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
8759 polyline Greenland - Pond Inlet - Dundas Harbour - Croker Bay - Beechey Island - Lady Franklin Island - Monumental Island - St. John's, NL
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Marine-Based Activities
Marine-Based Activities
Licensing Agencies
QIA: Land Use Licence II
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
MS Seabourn Venture 1 Length overall: 170m; Breadth: 26m; Gross Registered Tonnage: 23000 MT Vessel providing transport and accommodations
Zodiacs - MK6 and MK5 14 x MK6; 10 x MK5 MK6: LOA 7.0m, width 2.88m, 20 persons; MK5: LOA 5.85m; width 2.48m, 15 persons Short sightseeing excursions
Sea Kayaks - Perception brand doubles (guest use) and singles (instructors/guides 7 doubles + 2 singles Doubles: LOA 4.8m. Singles: LOA 4.5m Short sightseeing excursions
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Diesel 1 1270 Metric Tons MGO fuel for MS SEABOURN VENTURE. Double-skin tanks PC6 Polar Class strengthened hull). The likelihood of a catastrophic puncture of the fuel tank is extremely low. the vessel also has an ice-class of PC6 Polar Class (RINA).
Gasoline 1 6300 Liters Fuel tank for the Zodiacs (stored in the Marina). (Class-approved storage tank.)
Gasoline 30 25 Liters Fuel tanks (jerry cans) for the Zodiacs. (Non-flammable containers.)
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
200 Reverse Osmosis (RO) Plants 5 tanks: PW1S/PW1P/PW2S/PW2P/PW3C
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
The predicted environmental impact resulting from this proposed activity is perceived to be less than minor or transitory. Vessel will be transiting through wildlife habitats and passengers and crew will be landing ashore in areas where wildlife may be present. This activity could be indirectly disruptive to certain species. Direct contact and interaction with wildlife will be avoided. All activities the vessel, passengers and crew engage in will be environmentally conscious and intended for the purpose of sightseeing only. No manmade structures or materials will be left in wildlife areas. Crew members who are trained and certified naturalists will provide safety guidance and information on the environment to the passengers and crew. The information provided is specific to each location and is made in an effort to afford protection and conservation by minimizing any potential damage or disruption that could occur. Vessel employs the latest environmental practices and technology which conform to the Clean ship standard (meets or exceeds all IMO, EPA and IATO operating standards).
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Combustible wastes TBD (Note: we do not have a breakdown for the Projected Amount. We will not be landing solid waste in Nunavut.) Depends upon the type of waste. Plastics will be removed for disposal at a certified reception port. Paper will be incinerated as per Canadian legislation. Separated.
Greywater 120m3/day Chemicals according to Canadian legislation Treated on board / Discharge sea/shore according to Canadian legislation
Hazardous waste TBD. (Note: we do not have a breakdown for the Projected Amount. We will not be landing solid waste in Nunavut.) Depends upon the type of waste. Batteries will be removed for recycling or disposal at a certified reception port. Medical & sanitary waste and fuels & oil will be removed for disposal at a certified reception port. Depends upon the type of waste. Batteries will be collected/separated. Medical & sanitary waste will be collected/frozen. Fuels & oil will be collected.
Non-Combustible wastes TBD (Note: we do not have a breakdown for the Projected Amount. We will not be landing solid waste in Nunavut.) Depends upon the type of waste. Additional treatment procedures may include removal for disposal at a certified reception port (if separated and refrigerated, e.g. with food waste or for dry, non-burnable waste or for ash (24h burning)); removal for recycling or disposal at a certified reception port (e.g. as with metal or aluminum); disposal as per Canadian legislation (e.g. as with glass). Depends upon the type of waste. Food Waste will be segregated and refrigerated or grained and disposed of according to MARPOL regulations. Other non-combustible wastes are separat
Sewage (human waste) 40m3/day Chemicals according to Canadian legislation Treated on board / Discharge sea/shore according to Canadian legislation
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2022-04-15
Originator: Kate Smith
Public Registry ID: 19919
Document Size: 282.07 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2022-04-15
Originator: Kate Smith
Public Registry ID: 19918
Document Size: 14.49 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-05-18
Originator: Adrian Gerhartz
Public Registry ID: 20146
Document Size: 258.19 Kb
2022-05-05 11:21:09, from: Adrian Gerhartz
 Please revise Questionnaire regarding Removal of Fuel Drums and Caribou Protection Measures.


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.