Cruise Ships

Cruise ship operators and crews should be familiar with the content of the Arctic Shipping Pollution Prevention Regulations (ASPPR). The Guidelines for the Operation of Passenger Vessels in Canadian Arctic Waters provides additional information about pollution prevention, ship safety, national security, vessel traffic management, ice navigation and ice regimes, tourism affecting Arctic communities, search and rescue, and Arctic marine survival.

Pollution Prevention

Compliance with Regulations and Certification


IMO Guidelines On Voyage Planning For Passenger Ships Operating In Remote Areas


Cruise ship owners and operators are responsible for preventing pollution from their vessels. By ensuring that they comply with all regulations, such as the ASPPR, and following good practices and guidelines, such as the Pollution Prevention Guidelines for the Operation of Cruise Ships under Canadian Jurisdiction, cruise ship owners and operators will reduce their impact on the environment. The Arctic Pollution Prevention Certificate is evidence that a ship complies with the ASPPR. Operating in the Arctic has additional challenges due to ice and lack of readily available facilities. Cruise ship operators are responsible for operating safely in the Arctic and carrying all supplies needed for the voyage. Cruise ship operators are responsible for complying with the Marine Transportation Security Regulations. The operator must contact Canadian officials for custom and security screening formalities.

Cruise ship in the Canadian Arctic. Photo by Ross MacDonald, Transport Canada

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