On November 26, 2009 Transport Canada issued a Notice of Violation to a cruise ship for violations under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 regarding the alleged discharge of a pollutant, failing to make entries in the oil record book, and obstructing inspectors. The administrative penalties assessed for the alleged violations exceeded $45,000.
David K. Jones of Bernard LLP represented the ship owner and took the matter to review before the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada (TATC). In a detailed set of reasons the TATC dismissed the alleged violations and penalties against the ship owner, concluding that Transport Canada had not proven the source of the discharge or the other offences. See S.S. Oceanic (The) v. Canada (Minister of Transport), 2012 TATCE 5 (Review).
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