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Quark Canadian Arctic 2018 (148941)
Proposal Status: Conformity Determination Issued
Project Overview
Type of application: Amendment
Proponent name: Allison Kean
Company: Quark Expeditions
Start Date: 2018-08-31
End Date: 2018-09-16
Operation Type: Annual
Project Description:
The Quark Canadian Arctic 2018 Expedition will operate with the m/v Ocean Adventurer (formerly Sea Adventurer) carrying a maximum of 110 passengers and a minimum of 18 staff (5 of them are either ornithologists or marine biologists), including a doctor. This gives us a staff to passenger ratio of 1:9. Many of our staff have 20-years, or more, experience working in the Canadian Arctic and other sensitive wildlife areas. In addition to the ice-worthiness of our ships, seasoned captains, expedition teams and crew, Quark’s safety standards, training and equipment protocols are of utmost importance and in many cases set the standard for the industry. Quark is the only expedition cruise company awarded British Standard BS 8848. Our own internal accreditation training programs cover Zodiac driving, navigation, VHF radio operation, operating in polar bear country and managing and handling lethal (firearms) and non-lethal deterrents to protect against dangerous animals. Passengers will use the ship as a floating platform to enjoy the scenery of the area. Once or twice per day the passengers will disembark the ship by Zodiacs to go ashore in wilderness areas or communities. Alternatively, they may join a Zodiac cruise or participate in a kayaking activity. All Zodiacs will be equipped with emergency/safety kits and will be paired with another Zodiac. If there is a plan to go ashore, a landing barrel full of emergency supplies will be placed at the landing site. At least 1 of the paired Zodiacs will have a firearm handler, who has completed all modules and levels of our internal accreditation courses. Helicopters will be equipped with emergency/safety kits, and will not land without a firearm bearer on board or already ashore. All staff, including the Zodiac drivers will have VHF radios to stay in contact with each other as well as the ship. However, nobody will go ashore if a bear is seen. When cruising bird cliffs, all Zodiac drivers will follow AECO guidelines, CWS Guidelines for Seabird Viewing by Cruise Ships and CWS Guidelines for Visiting Seabird Colonies in Canada. To prepare passengers for landings, printed AECO Guidelines are mailed to the passengers before leaving home. We review these general guidelines on ship before our first landing. In addition, prior to a particular landing or Zodiac cruise we always have two briefings, one on ship and one on shore or in the Zodiacs to explain the limits of the area and the guidelines for visiting a particular area (e.g. being quiet around bird cliffs). If marine mammals are encountered by the ship or by Zodiac, we’ll follow the IAATO Marine Wildlife Watching Guidelines (Whales & Dolphins, Seals and Seabirds) For Vessel & Zodiac Operations. Quark is an American company so we are aware of and follow the US Marine Mammal Protection act. Additionally, we are aware of and follow the guideline document; NOAA Whale Watching and Viewing Other Marine Mammals in Alaska.
Summary of Modifications:
For the 2018 season, we will be using the m/v Ocean Adventurer (formerly the m/v Sea Adventurer - the same ship as our 2016 operations - but has been renamed). All operations will remain the same as abroad the Sea Adventurer in previous seasons. Updated sites planned for 2018 include the following (a similar schedule as that operated on the m/v Sea Adventurer in 2016): AM Aug 31 - Pangnirtung - 66.1466° N, 65.7012° W PM Aug 31 - Kerketon Island - 65.6992° N, 65.8187° W Sept 1 - Cape Mercy - 64.9333° N, 63.6667° W Sept 2 - Qikiqtarjuak - 67.5556° N, 64.0257° W Sept 4 - Sam Ford Fiord - 70.50028°N 71.15000°W Sept 5 - Pond Inlet - 72.7001° N, 77.9585° W AM Sept 6 - Dundas Harbour - 74.5333° N, 82.3833° W PM Sept 6 - Croker Bay - 74.7000° N, 83.2400° W AM Sept 7 - Radstock Bay - 74.6500° N, 91.0000° W PM Sept 7 - Beechey Island - 74.7115° N, 91.8460° W AM Sept 8 - Creswell Bay - 72.7500° N, 93.6600° W PM Sept 8 - Fort Ross - 72.0113° N, 94.2485° W Sept 9 - Bellot Strait - 72.0074° N, 94.5712° W Sept 10 - Resolute - 74.6973° N, 94.8297° W AM Sept 11 - Beechey Island - 74.7115° N, 91.8460° W PM Sept 11 - Radstock Bay - 74.6500° N, 91.0000° W Sept 12 - Arctic Bay - 73.0376° N, 85.1480° W AM Sept 13 - Croker Bay - 74.7000° N, 83.2400° W PM Sept 13 - Dundas Harbour - 74.5333° N, 82.3833° W Sept 14 - Grise Fiord - 76.4190° N, 82.9016° W Sept 15 - Exploring Smith Sound - 78°25′N 74°00′W Sept 16 - Exploring Smith Sound - 78°25′N 74°00′W
Persons: 130
Days: 17
Project Map
List of all project geometries:
ID Geometry Location Name
4399 point Bellot Strait
4400 point Fort Ross
4409 point Qikqtarjuaq
4410 point Pangnirtung
4411 point Kerketon Island
4417 point Pond Inlet
4418 point Dundas Harbour
4419 point Croker Bay
4428 point Grise Fiord
4437 point Beechey Island
4439 point Radstock Bay
4440 point Cape Mercy
4442 point Sam Ford Fiord
4443 point Creswell Bay
4444 point Resolute
4445 point Arctic Bay
4446 point Exploring Smith Sound
Planning Regions:
Affected Areas and Land Types
Settlement Area
North Baffin Planning Region
Project Land Use and Authorizations
Project Land Use
Tourism Activities
Licensing Agencies
CH: Archaeology and Paleontology Research Permit, Class I
Other Licensing Requirements
No data found.
Material Use
Type Quantity Size Use
M/V Sea Adventurer 1 Ship Tourism
Mark V HD Zodiac 20 -- Expedition Cruises
Fuel Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
Other 0 0 Liters Ships fuel (MGO) - Steel tanks built into the hull (~300 MT)
Gasoline 0 20 Liters Gasoline for Zodiacs (40 lts/Zodiac x 20 Zodiacs)
Hazardous Material and Chemical Use
Type Container(s) Capacity UOM Use
No records found.
Water Consumption
Daily Amount (m3) Retrieval Method Retrieval Location
Waste and Impacts
Environmental Impacts
Please see summary of potential impacts in the Project Description (attached in Project Documents)
Waste Management
Waste Type Quantity Generated Treatement Method Disposal Method
Sewage (human waste) Approx 30cbm/week - In accordance MARPOL Annex IV
Greywater Approx 360 cbm - Water is treated but not released unless in approved areas and accordance to MARPOL
Non-Combustible wastes Approx 16 cbm/week - In accordance with MARPOL IV
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-08-30
Originator: Allison Kean
Public Registry ID: 14626
Document Size: 18.27 Kb
Category: Application form attachment - Project description
Recieved: 2018-08-30
Originator: Allison Kean
Public Registry ID: 14625
Document Size: 186.38 Kb


Environmental Protection:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to prevent any new occurrences of pollution, garbage and contamination at the site of the development.

Removal of Fuel Drums:
s3.13.8: The applicant undertakes to remove all drums safely from the site and dispose of the drums in a safe manner.

New Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.1 and Appendix H, s1: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its natural condition to the greatest extent possible.

Old Site Restoration and Clean Up:
s3.13.2: The applicant undertakes to clean up the site and restore the site to its original condition to the greatest extent possible, including any work required due to the applicant's action prior to this application.

Low-Level Air Flights:
Appendix H, s3: Will the applicant avoid all low-level flights?

Caribou Protection Measures:
s3.3.7 and Appendix D: Will the applicant comply with the Caribou Protection Measures outlined in section 2.4.6 and in Appendix D?

Caribou Water Crossings:
s3.3.7 and map: Will the applicant avoid, between may 15 and September 1, to construct any camp, cache any fuel or conduct any blasting within 10 km of any Designated Caribou Water Crossing identified

Polar Bear Denning Areas and Walrus Haul-outs:
s3.3.8: Will the applicant keep its activities away from any polar bear denning area or walrus haul-out?

Reporting of Archaeological Sites:
s3.11.3 and Appendix H, s2 and s8: Will the applicant immediately report the discovery of all suspected archaeological sites to the Department of Culture, Language, Elders and Youth (GN)?