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Silver Wind - Arctic Cruises 2022 (149786)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: New
Proponent name: Kate Smith
Company: F.K. Warren Ltd.
Start Date: 2022-08-12
End Date: 2022-09-06
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
Silversea Cruises Ltd.’s Bahamian flagged small cruise vessel m/v SILVER WIND will be making the following Arctic cruise in Canadian locations in 2022: Iqaluit (August 12, 2022) to Gibbs Fjord (August 18, 2022) Pond Inlet (August 30, 2022) to Herschel Island (September 12, 2022) The purpose of this activity is the carriage of passengers and crew members to locations in Nunavut, the NWT and Yukon and to transit through the Northwest Passage. Silversea Cruises Ltd. is oriented around luxury expedition cruising, which provides the most well-rounded educational experience possible to our guests. A key focus is on the natural history of the region. Visits to these special areas provide first-hand access to our guests to experience diverse sites and abundant animals and ecosystems that are sure to be the highlight of a visit to the Canadian Arctic. Visits to these special sites forms an integral part of the overall itinerary and would round out the guest's experience to see the highlights of the Canadian North by including examples of the region that include relatively undisturbed ecosystems, nationally significant habitat for animals, birds and plants and area of wildlife conservation. The characteristics of expedition cruises are smaller, intimate vessels with dedicated, professional and highly-skilled expedition teams. The itineraries are intended to expose passengers to landscapes, wildlife and culture that would not normally be available through traditional travel methods. The vessel carries a maximum of 250 passengers and 230 crew members, including approximately 24 members of the Expedition Team. The intention for the majority of calls is to either anchor or stop offshore and land passengers ashore using the vessel's Zodiacs. The Zodiac tours allow passengers to explore remote shores where there are no docking arrangements. They can nimbly cruise alongside coastlines, landscapes, ice formations and wildlife without disturbing the natural environment. Once passengers are landed ashore, they will be able to explore the location they are visiting in small groups. They will be assisted by crew members who are trained guides and naturalists that will provide safety guidance and information on the environment. The information supplied is specific to each location and is made in an effort to afford protection and conservation of the locations visited. The utmost care will be taken to provide an informative and positive experience without disruptive consequences. Experienced personnel trained in polar bear protection will carry firearms and other non-lethal deterrents to provide for the safety of the participants and also to ensure that wildlife is protected (so that harmful situations are avoided if at all possible to do so). Any firearms these crew will carry will be properly documented with the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA). Passenger and crew member involvement at the locations visited is meant for the purpose of personal interest and the activity undertaken will be confined to sightseeing only. No flora, fauna, soil, artifacts, remains or other material will be disturbed or collected. As well, no structures will be erected and no equipment or other debris will be left ashore. Silver Wind is a cruise
Persons: 254
Days: 15
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
8843 polyline Voyage #2 - Northwest Passage
8844 polyline Voyage #1 - Nunavut - Iqaluit to Gibbs Fjord
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Marine-Based Activities
Tourism Activities
Licensing Agencies
CWS: Migratory Bird Sanctuary permit under the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations
KitIA: Exemption Certificate
QIA: Land Use Licence II
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
MS Silver Wind 1 Length overall: 162.6m; Breadth: 21.4m; Gross Registered Tonnage: 17235 MT Vessel providing transport and accommodations
Zodiacs 26 MK5: LOA 5.85m; width 2.48m, -22 Mark V type (each can carry 12 persons; 6-8 persons are normally carried when doing Zodiac cruises); -4 Mark VI type (can carry max 16 person; max 12 are normally carried during zodiac operations)Not all of the zodiacs will be used at the same time
Kayaks 13 Doubles: LOA 4.8m. Singles: LOA 4.5m 10 double plus 3 single kayaks (using 8 double for guests and 2 singles for guides)Proposed use: Recreational use (in areas away from wildlife)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)/drone: 1 dimensions 322x242x84mm made of plastics with electronics inside and a camera, battery LiPo 3850mAh
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 1 870 Metric Tons Fuel: Marine Gas OilFuel Capacity (m. ton) - Approx. 870 m. tonsEstimated Fuel Usage: 33,750 liters per dayStorage Methods of Fuel: Built-in fuel tanks of the vessel
Gasoline 20 25 Liters Fuel: Unleaded gasolineFuel Usage: Estimated use 140 litres per day (for the 26 Zodiacs, but not all of them will be used at one time)Storage Methods of fuel: Containers stored on deck
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
0 Vessel will consume on board supply of fresh water and will only intake seawater to provide potable water for on board consumption when necessary. Vessel will only intake seawater when necessary. Retrieval location will depend upon location of vessel when intake required.
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures: The Company has performed an Environmental Impact Statement, for activities of MS SILVER WIND in the Canadian Arctic. The document is available upon request. It is anticipated that the environmental impact resulting from the planned activity will be no more than minor or transitory in nature, including on migratory birds, species at risk and/or other wildlife species and their habitat. Operations have been planned to be fully self-sufficient, with activities managed by experienced support personnel and to be within the search and rescue capability of the vessel, including for medical evacuation. Mitigation measures and risk management techniques that will be used to reduce/minimize environmental impacts and/or wildlife disturbance include: -Following established Company-specific standard operating procedures for Zodiac, kayak, and polar bear and bear safety (as outlined in the Expedition Operations Manual); -Hiring experienced personnel familiar with operations in the Canadian Arctic; -Utilizing established guidelines, for example from EC-CWS (e.g. “Guidelines to Avoid Disturbance to Seabird and Waterbird Colonies in Canada”) and AECO (“Wildlife Guidelines,” “Operational Guidelines,” etc.), and Government of Nunavut’s Code of Conduct for Operators in Nunavut and recommendations for operating around polar bears (as provided by Cruise Nunavut). -Cancelling or modifying activities should conditions warrant it The specific mitigation measures to reduce potential impact in the region are as follows: - for emissions to air- Slow speed, propulsion stopped as possible, use of distillate diesel fuel and unleaded gasoline; incinerator not used in NWA - for emissions to water - No discharge of wastewater (treated sewage or greywater) within 4nm from land; precautions for spill of fuel, spill kit available; no discharges of ballast water unless treated - for wastes pollution - All solid wastes kept onboard and not discharge to sea but only to reception facilities as available; except macerated food waste which discharged more than 12nm from the territorial baselines - for noise - Kept to minimum; propulsion stopped whenever possible, no sound signals or announcement on decks - for physical disturbance - Following best practices and guidelines, keeping min distance to approach, not chasing wildlife; using best practices for flying UAV/drone (as per the guidelines of AECO (Association of Arctic Expedition Cruise Operators) and IAATO (International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators) - translocation of diseases/alien species - Sanitation of zodiacs and kayaks hulls before and after placed in the water; no discharge of ballast water; no discharge of other wastewaters
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.) Incinerated or removed for recycling or disposal ashore as per regulations Separated.
Non-Combustible wastes TBD (Note: we do not have a breakdown for the Projected Amount. We will not be landing solid waste in Nunavut.) Food suitable for maceration will be passed through a macerator(<25mm) and disposed to sea as per MARPOL V and Polar CodeFood not suitable for maceration will be segregated andrefrigerated for disposal at certified reception ports Macerated
Sewage (human waste) 40m3/day Chemicals according to Canadian legislation Treated on board, stored and disposed at sea as per MARPOL,Polar Code and CLIA Policy of Discharge >4NM/>6 knots
Greywater 120m3/day Chemicals according to Canadian legislation To be treated on board, stored and disposed as per CLIA Policy of Discharge >4NM/>6 knots
Hazardous TBD. (Note: we do not have a breakdown for the Projected Amount. We will not be landing solid waste in Nunavut.) Removed for disposal at certified reception ports Separated and removed for recycling or disposal at certified reception port
Category: Application form attachment - License/ Authorization
Recieved: 2022-05-06
Originator: Kate Smith
Public Registry ID: 20070
Document Size: 271.13 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2022-05-06
Originator: Kate Smith
Public Registry ID: 20071
Document Size: 10.69 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2022-05-06
Originator: Kate Smith
Public Registry ID: 20069
Document Size: 52.47 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-06-01
Originator: Adrian Gerhartz
Public Registry ID: 20345
Document Size: 269.64 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)?

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.