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Transport Canada lifts speed restriction in Gulf of St. Lawrence

Transport Canada lifts speed restriction in Gulf of St. Lawrence
From CBC - January 12, 2018

Transport Canada has lifted the speed limit in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, five months after the restriction was put in place to prevent further right whale deaths.

The speed restriction was removed"to ensure ships can maintain manoeuvrability in winter conditions and for the safety of those operating in Canadian waters," Transport Canada Minister Marc Garneausaid in a release Thursday.

Transport Canada also said there have been no sightings of North Atlantic right whales in the area of the slowdown in recent weeks.

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The restriction introduced Aug. 11 limitedlarge vessels travelling in the Gulf to just 10 knots,or 18 km/h.

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