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Swan Hellenic Vega - Arctic Cruises 2022 (149873)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Amendment
Proponent name: Kate Smith
Company: F.K. Warren Ltd.
Schedule:
Start Date: 2022-09-13
End Date: 2022-10-04
Operation Type: Seasonal
Project Description:
SWAN HELLENIC’s, Maltese flagged small cruise vessel SH VEGA will be making the following Arctic cruises in 2022: Kangerlusuaq, Greenland to Kangerlusuaq, Greenland from September 09, 2022 to September 25, 2022. Kangerlusuaq, Greenland to Halifax, Canada, from September 25th, 2022 to October 10th, 2022. The vessel specializes in luxury adventure cruising and carries a maximum of 152 passengers and 120 crew members. During this cruise, the vessel will be stopping at various locations in Nunavut. These locations can be found on the attached itinerary and map. 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. Passengers will be instructed on where they should go, what to avoid and what is and isn't acceptable so as to avoid causing damage to any sites or to the environment they are visiting. The utmost care will be taken to provide an informative and positive experience without disruptive consequences. Crew members will also be stationed to provide a Polar Bear watch for passenger safety. Any firearms these crew will carry will be properly documented with the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA). Passenger and crew member involvement at these remote ports of call 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 for research purposes. As well, no structures will be erected and no equipment or other debris will be left ashore. SH VEGA is a cruise vessel providing adventure tourism opportunities to its passengers and is not a research or education vessel.
Summary of Modifications:
The cruise line has developed a back up itinerary for the first voyage, in the event the Archaeology permits are not approved in time. We have consulted with Sylvie Le Blanc when developing the attached amended itinerary to ensure the vessel will not call any archaeological sites. We have also contacted Qikiqtani Inuit Association, as we expect two of the proposed sites (Attiniq and Low Point) will be on Inuit Owned Land Parcels, and will require appropriate permits. We had previously submitted application, so will need to update our application. We will also advised Kitikmeot region of the itinerary adjustment, although vessel will not be landing passengers ashore here (scenic cruising and zodiac cruising only).
Personnel:
Persons: 272
Days: 9
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
9287 polyline SH Vega - Voyage #1
9288 polyline SH Vega - Voyage #2
9294 polyline SH Vega - Back Up Itinerary
Planning Regions:
Qikiqtani
Kivalliq
Affected Areas and Land Types
Inuit Owned Surface Lands
Municipal
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Marine-Based Activities
Marine-Based Activities
Tourism Activities
Licensing Agencies
GN-EDT: 0
CWS: Migratory Bird Sanctuary permit under the Migratory Bird Sanctuary Regulations
QIA: Land Use Licence II
KitIA: Exemption Certificate
GN-DOE: Wildlife Observation Licence
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Equipment
Type Quantity Size Use
Cruise Vessel 1 113m Long; 10,700 Gross Registered Tons Vessel providing transport and accommodations
Zodiacs 10 5 ft long Each Zodiac can carry a maximum number of 15 persons however, during operations no more than 10 passengers and one driver are carried on board. Usually, a total of 8 to 10 Zodiacs are used at any one time for transporting passengers between the cruise vessel and shore, or for sight-seeing cruises.
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Gasoline 20 35 Liters Unleaded gasoline to refill zodiacs. Stored in certified containers,
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
Ship and small boat operations have the potential to adversely impact wildlife, including through the vessel’s presence and noise; and pollution from inadvertent ship discharges and exhaust. In addition, ship operations have the potential to specifically adversely impact marine flora and fauna, as a result of dropping the anchor; increased water turbulence; accidental collision; or where a vessel accidentally runs aground. Human activities ashore have the potential to result in ‘harmful interference’ with flora, fauna and ecological processes. Breeding birds or hauled-out seals may be disturbed by visual or acoustic effects of human activity. In the case of breeding birds, disturbance of incubating, brooding or guarding parents could predispose eggs or young to environmental stress (e.g., chilling/overheating); increased risk of predation; or injury by neighbors. Sensitive vegetation may be damaged if people are careless and walk over them, rather than around them. Despite these potential impacts, SH Vega believes that - based on their normal practices and procedures - their operations will have no more than negligible impact on the environment. In order to undertake ‘off ship’ excursions or activities, the vessel will stop (or anchor) in areas to ensure minimal disturbance to proximate wildlife (i.e., known seabird colonies, breeding beaches and other aggregations), and minimal damage to sensitive sea floor substrate areas while maximising vessel (and in turn, passenger and crew) safety.
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Combustible wastes TBA Vessel has the most advanced waste water and waste management system. No waste or waste water is discharged at sea. Retained on board vessel
Greywater TBD Vessel has the most advanced waste water and waste management system. No waste or waste water is discharged at sea. Retained on board vessel
Hazardous TBD Vessel has the most advanced waste water and waste management system. No waste or waste water is discharged at sea. Retained on board
Non-Combustible wastes TBD Vessel has the most advanced waste water and waste management system. No waste or waste water is discharged at sea. Retained on board
Non-Combustible wastes TBD Vessel has the most advanced waste water and waste management system. No waste or waste water is discharged at sea. Retained on board
Overburden (organic soil, waste material, tailings) TBD Vessel has the most advanced waste water and waste management system. No waste or waste water is discharged at sea. Retained on board
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2022-05-15
Originator: Kate Smith
Public Registry ID: 20591
Document Size: 112.61 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Other Authorizations
Recieved: 2022-05-15
Originator: Kate Smith
Public Registry ID: 20592
Document Size: 31.62 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-05-15
Originator: Kate Smith
Public Registry ID: 20593
Document Size: 32.36 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-05-15
Originator: Kate Smith
Public Registry ID: 20594
Document Size: 31.63 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2022-08-02
Originator: Kate Smith
Public Registry ID: 20597
Document Size: 10.58 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-06-03
Originator: Adrian Gerhartz
Public Registry ID: 20595
Document Size: 261.28 Kb
Category: Application related document - Conformity Determination Letter
Recieved: 2022-08-12
Originator: Goump Djalogue
Public Registry ID: 20610
Document Size: 284.89 Kb

NORTH BAFFIN QUESTIONAIRE

GENERAL
Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.
YES

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.
YES

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.
YES

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.
YES

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

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?
YES

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
YES

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?
YES

HERITAGE RESOURCES
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)?
YES

MARINE AND TERRESTRIAL TRANSPORTATION
Corridor:
s3.5.11, s3.3.5.12: Does the proposal consider the development of a transportation and/or communications corridor?
NO

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