Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada as represented by the Minister of National Defence – HMCS ST JOHN’S - conviction information for 2016-04-11

Corporation details
Corporation name: Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada as represented by the Minister of National Defence – HMCS ST JOHN’S
Address: PO Box 99000 Stn Forces
City: Halifax
Province/territory: Nova Scotia
Postal code: B3K 5X5
Country: Canada
Sector or industry: 483 - Water transportation
Case details
Location of offense: Halifax Harbour, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Case summary: HMCS ST JOHN’S is a Halifax-class frigate serving the Royal Canadian Navy based at the Halifax Dockyard in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The Royal Canadian Navy falls under the organizational structure of the Department of National Defence.

On the morning of Wednesday May 8, 2013 several reports came in about a large sheen in Halifax Harbour and a strong smell of diesel throughout surrounding areas of the Halifax Regional Municipality.  Upon discussion with the Queens Harbour Master, it was confirmed that HMCS ST. JOHN’S spilled a reported 8 cubic meters (8,000 L) of diesel fuel into Halifax Harbour while at anchor. An onsite inspection was conducted and samples were collected and analyzed.  The ship was not boomed and there was a sheen and emulsification seen from the North side of the Nova Scotia Community College Waterfront Campus to just past the MacDonald Bridge and from the far West side of the Harbour to the East side.

Department of National Defence representatives participated in efforts to contain and recover the spill over the next several days

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Enforcement notification: Department of National Defence ordered to pay $100,000 for contravening Fisheries Act
Result: Guilty Plea
Date of conviction: 2016-04-11
Court level: Provincial and Territorial Court
Nature of offense(s):
  • Other
Additional details about the nature of the offense:
Legislative details
Act Regulations Section(s)
Pollution Prevention provisions (subsection 36(3)) of the Fisheries Act 36(3)
Date of sentencing: 2016-04-11
Location of sentencing: Halifax, NS
  • Fine,
  • Penalty for the EDF
Amount of fine(s): $100,000
Sentencing details:
On April 11, 2016, the Department of National Defence (DND) was sentenced to pay $100,000 in Halifax Provincial Court after pleading guilty to violating the Fisheries Act.  An agreed statement of facts and a joint recommendation was submitted and they were sentenced to pay a $98,000.00 penalty to the environmental damages fund, and a $2,000.00 fine by April 29, 2016.
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