Canada Enacts Mandatory Wastewater Regulations for Cruise Ships

Queen Elizabeth's maiden visit to Vancouver, BC. - May 21, 2019 (Photo by William Jans for Cunard)Citing the importance of strengthening Canada’s environmental standards, government officials announced today that effective immediately they have moved from voluntary to mandatory measures governing cruise ship wastewater discharges.

Having previously been criticized for lax standards and enforcement, they highlighted that the new measures align with or exceed standards set out by the International Maritime Organization.

“We need to ensure they are doing so in a more sustainable manner moving forward,” Omar Alghabra, Canada’s Minister of Transport said while recognizing the contribution of cruise tourism to Canada’s economy.

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