About Us

The Arctic Shipping division works on developing and maintaining regulations, standards, and guidelines concerning shipping operations in Canadian Arctic ice-covered waters; north of latitude 60°N.

This work includes:

  • Interpreting transportation related Acts and Regulations applicable to the Canadian Arctic
  • Interacting with International Maritime Organization (IMO) and The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in the development of the IMO Guidelines, and IACS Unified Requirements for the construction of Polar Class ships
  • Participating in the Arctic Council through involvement in the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) working group, and the Arctic Marine Shipping Assessment
  • Advising other government departments and industry stakeholders in matters concerning Arctic Class construction standards and ship operations in Canadian Arctic ice-covered waters
  • Arctic Pollution Prevention Certificates may be issued at TCC's across the country. For foreign vessels the Arctic Pollution Prevention Certificate may be issued outside of Canada by an IACS Classification Society
  • Contact the Prairie and Northern Region of Marine Safety for questions of inspection and navigation in Canadian Arctic waters

Umiavut off of Resolute, Nunavut