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  • NIRB File No:

    16TN052

  • Application No.:

    125330

  • Project Type:

    Tourism

  • Project Name:

    MS SILVER CLOUD Arctic and Greenland Expedition Cruise (Voyage 1819, 18 August-03 September 2018) and Canada and New England Expedition Cruise (Voyage 1820, 03-18 September 2018)

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Non-technical Project Proposal Summary MS SILVER CLOUDKangerlussuaq to Kangerlussuaq(Arctic and Greenland Expedition Cruise)18 August - 03 September 2018 - Voyage 1819andKangerlussuaq to St. John’s, Newfoundland(Canada and New England Expedition Cruise)03 – 18 September 2018 – Voyage 1820MS SILVER CLOUD is a modern passenger cruise ship operated by Silversea Cruises Ltd. The Company plans two cruises to Nunavut during summer 2018. There will be up to 250 passengers and 230 crew members (including 21-24 members of the expedition team) per voyage. Project duration (in the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut) is for seven days on voyage 1819 and five days on voyage 1820. Community visits are planned at Pond Inlet (22 August), Grise Fjord (28 August), Iqaluit (09 September), Kimmirut (Lake Harbour) (11 September) and Cape Dorset (12 September), with advance pre-planning through licensed operators. Local services will be contracted, and guides employed. On voyage 1819, one cabin will be reserved for the hiring of Inuit Bear Guards to be confirmed.Equipment includes:MS SILVER CLOUDProposed use: Vessel providing transportation and accommodationsFuel: Marine Gas OilFuel capacity (m. ton) - Approx. 871 m. tonsEstimated fuel usage: 33,750 liters per dayStorage methods of fuel: Built-in fuel tanksMark V Zodiac-brand auxiliary boatsQuantity: 16 (each can carry 10-12 persons plus the driver)Proposed use: Zodiac tours and to facilitate shore landingsFuel: Unleaded gasolineEstimated fuel usage: 100 litres per day (for the 16 Zodiacs)Fuel storage methods: Containers stored on deck (refueling done aboard ship)KayaksQuantity: 8 doubles plus 2 single kayaks (for up to 16 kayakers plus 2 instructors/guides)Proposed use: Recreational useActivities include sightseeing by ship, Zodiac cruising, guided kayaking excursions, and shore landings for activities such as guided interpretive walks, bird- and nature-watching, and hiking. Activities will follow standard operating procedures and will be managed by the Expedition Leader with the assistance of a highly-experienced team of expedition staff members.Where applicable, permit and license applications will be submitted to the appropriate authorities and permits/licenses carried on board. No structures will be erected (permanent/temporary) to support the proposed activity. The Captain will make appropriate arrangements in areas where docks or piers are available for use.Site and community visits will follow AECO Guidelines (www.aeco.no) and Government Nunavut’s Visitor Code of Conduct” and Nunavut Operator Code of Conduct,” including recommendations for operating around polar bears. Mitigation measures are in place to minimize risk to the environment and to flora and fauna.Operations have been planned to be fully self-sufficient, with activities managed by experienced personnel and to be within the search and rescue capability of the company, including for medical evacuation.An Environmental Impact Assessment has been prepared. Alternatives considered were:•Changes to itinerary•Changes to sites visited•Changes to number of guests•Changes to vessel used•Changes to Zodiac usage, and•Alternative of not proceedingIt is anticipated that the environmental impact resulting from the planned activity will be not more than minor or transitory in nature.

Assessment Phase / Activity
  • Application screening started 2018-07-16
  • Commenting in progress 2018-07-17
Region
  • Transboundary
  • North Baffin
  • South Baffin
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2018-07-17 16:22:51

NIRB 125330 / 16TN052: Notice of Screening and Comment Request for Silversea Cruises Ltd.’s "MS SILVER CLOUD Arctic and Greenland Expedition Cruise " Project Proposal


    Dear Conrad Combrink:

    Please see the attached correspondence from the Nunavut Impact Review Board (NIRB) regarding Silversea Cruises Ltd.’s “MS SILVER CLOUD Arctic and Greenland Expedition Cruise (Voyage 1819, 18 August-03 September 2018) and Canada and New England Expedition Cruise (Voyage 1820, 03-18 September 2018)" project proposal.

    NIRB File No.: 16TN052
    Project Name: MS SILVER CLOUD Arctic and Greenland Expedition Cruise (Voyage 1819, 18 August-03 September 2018) and Canada and New England Expedition Cruise (Voyage 1820, 03-18 September 2018)
    Project Proponent: Silversea Cruises Ltd.
    Project Type: Tourism
    Location: Qikiqtani (North and South Baffin) Region
    Comments Requested by: August 7, 2018

    The NIRB is copying parties potentially affected by this project and we invite interested persons to comment directly to the NIRB regarding:

  • Whether the project proposal is likely to arouse significant public concern; and if so, why;
  • Whether the project proposal is likely to cause significant adverse eco-systemic or socio-economic effects; and if so, why;
  • Whether the project proposal is likely to cause significant adverse impacts on wildlife habitat or Inuit harvest activities; if so, why;
  • Whether the project proposal is of a type where the potential adverse effects are highly predictable and mitigable with known technology, (please provide any recommended mitigation measures); and
  • Any matter of importance to the Party related to the project proposal.

    You can submit comments to the NIRB by our on line public registry at www.nirb.ca or via e-mail at info@nirb.ca or via fax to 867-983-2594.

    All documents received and pertaining to this project proposal can be obtained from the NIRB’s online public registry at www.nirb.ca by using any of the following search criteria:
  • Project Name: MS SILVER CLOUD Arctic and Greenland Expedition Cruise (Voyage 1819, 18 August-03 September 2018) and Canada and New England Expedition Cruise (Voyage 1820, 03-18 September 2018)
  • NIRB File No.: 16TN052
  • Application No.: 125330

    The NIRB has attached a Public Notice of Screening in English and Inuktitut for interested parties and Municipalities to post on local bulletin boards within your community.

    If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Kofi Boa-Antwi, Technical Advisor II, directly at (867) 983-4616 or kboaantwi@nirb.ca.

    Best Regards,

    Andrea Omilgoitok
    Environmental Administrator

    Nunavut Impact Review Board
    29 Mitik Street
    P.O. Box 1360
    Cambridge Bay
    NU, X0B 0C0 Canada
    Phone: (867) 983-4600
    Toll Free: 1-866-233-3033
    Fax: (867) 983-2594
    Email: info@nirb.ca
    Web: www.nirb.ca

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