Court Says “No” to Carbon Tax


Last month this column reviewed the Coasting Trade Act and the circumstances where non- Canadian ships could operate in the Canadian coasting trade. The Coasting Trade Act was considered by the court in a recent decision in the context of considering when and which vessels may be exempted from paying carbon tax. There, BC Supreme Court ruled in favour of a local tug and barge company in regard to the BC Government’s refusal to refund carbon tax paid on fuel used by tugs on voyages to and from the USA in July of 2008.

About Thomas S. Hawkins

Tom is a founding partner of the firm and practices in the areas of maritime law, insurance defence and commercial litigation advising clients on matters relating to marine insurance, arrest of vessels, towage, pollution, collision, terminals, cargo, employment, bodily injury and maritime commercial matters. Tom has conducted cases in the trial and appellate courts of the Federal Court, the British… view full profile »