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Canada Shipping Act, 2001

Version of section 180 from 2003-01-01 to 2005-10-04:


Marginal note:Minister may take necessary measures

  •  (1) If the Minister believes on reasonable grounds that a vessel or an oil handling facility has discharged, is discharging or is likely to discharge a pollutant, the Minister may

    • (a) take the measures that the Minister considers necessary to repair, remedy, minimize or prevent pollution damage from the vessel or oil handling facility, including, in the case of a vessel, the removal or destruction of the vessel and its contents, and may sell or otherwise dispose of the vessel and its contents;

    • (b) monitor the measures taken by any person to repair, remedy, minimize or prevent pollution damage from the vessel or oil handling facility; or

    • (c) if the Minister considers it necessary to do so, direct any person or vessel to take measures referred to in paragraph (a) or to refrain from doing so.

  • Marginal note:Application of proceeds of disposition

    (2) The proceeds from the sale or other disposal of a vessel or its contents under paragraph (1)(a) must be applied towards meeting the costs and expenses incurred in taking the measures under that paragraph, and any surplus must be paid to the vessel’s owner or the owner of the contents of the vessel, as the case may be.

  • Marginal note:Compensation

    (3) Compensation shall be paid by Her Majesty in right of Canada for the services of any vessel or person, other than a vessel or the operator of an oil handling facility that had discharged, was discharging or was likely to discharge a pollutant, that has complied with a direction issued under paragraph (1)(c).

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