Arctic Voyage Planning Guide
The Arctic Voyage Planning Guide (AVPG) is intended as a strategic planning tool for national and international vessels traveling in the Canadian Arctic. It draws together regulatory information pursuant to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and the Charts and Nautical Publications Regulations, 1995 as well as complementary data and information from Canadian federal departments with mandates to support safe navigation. The intent of the AVPG is to provide a comprehensive digital planning tool for mariners considering an Arctic voyage.
The mariners remain responsible for navigational decisions and safety of their ships. The information provided in this guide should be used together with all other relevant information, as required by law, standards and good seamanship practices.
The AVPG is not intended to replace official carriage information or products provided from Canadian sources. This AVPG digital version will be maintained with Notices to Mariners as needed but in case of disparity, the information contained in official publications will prevail.
Notices to Shipping (NOTSHIP)
The Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) issues Notices to Shipping (NOTSHIP) to inform mariners about hazards to navigation and to share other important information.
NOTSHIP alerts are broadcast by radio by Marine Communications and Traffic Services (MCTS). Written NOTSHIP alerts are issued when the location of the hazard is beyond broadcast range, or when the information remains in effect for an extended period of time.
Legislation and Regulations
Access and Constraints
The depicted vessel traffic pattern is not intended to show recommended or safest routes. It is only a representation of the routes that have been most used by the vessels that reported in 2010 to the Canadian Coast Guard Marine Communications and Traffic Services (NORDREG).
Fisheries and Oceans Canada acknowledges the valuable contribution of information and data from the Canadian Coast Guard, the Canadian Hydrographic Service, Transport Canada, Environment Canada and GeoGratis © Department of Natural Resources Canada. The AVPG is not intended to replace official carriage information or products provided from Canadian sources. In case of disparity, the information contained in official publications will prevail.
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