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    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 ( 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.

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  • Application screening started 2018-07-16
  • Commenting period 2018-08-07
  • Received Comment submissions from Parties: Notice re comments received 2018-08-08
  • Board voting 2018-08-17
  • Board voting 2018-08-20
  • SDR Issued 2018-08-20
  • NOI Issued 2018-08-20
  • Received Project Licences, Permits and Authorizations from AA 2018-08-22
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  • North Baffin
  • South Baffin
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