Haz-Mat haulers asked to heed legislation

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DIEPPE, N.B. — Carrier companies who have been shipping dangerous goods across the gulf on the Marine Atlantic service without proper declaration may want to start following the rules.

Marine Atlantic has received information of some of these instances and is reminding dangerous goods shippers of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Acts legislated by Transport Canada.

There are restrictions on dangerous goods transported on a passenger vessel and segregation of dangerous goods must be addressed on all vessels, as well as the number of passengers that can be carried.

The responsibility to declare the contents being transported lies with the shipper as well as the UN number and a description of the dangerous goods. There is a heavy penalty for not declaring this information and the safety of passengers could be compromised if undisclosed shipments are transported without their knowledge.

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