Fednav supramax bulk carrier Federal Cardinal has been hit with a $6,000 fine by Transport Canada after breaking speed limits in the Gulf of St Lawrence.
Transport Canada, a government body responsible for developing regulations, policies and services in transportation, is enforcing a temporary speed restriction imposed in August because of an increased presence of whales in the area.
The zone affected is in the western Gulf of St Lawrence between the Quebec north shore and just north of Prince Edward Island.
Restrictions apply to ships of 20 metres or more in length and the speed limit is 10 knots. It will be in force until such time as the whales move away from the area.