Canadian shipping

Stand is working in Canada and internationally to clean up the shipping industry. Thousands of freighters, tankers, cargo, and cruise ships pass through Canadian waters every year, leaving trails of water and air pollution behind them. Their impacts are felt by iconic species already at risk, and communities that depend on a healthy ecosystem.

We are calling for Canada to support an urgent ban on the dirtiest fuel on the market (heavy fuel aka bunker oil), pushing for stronger regulations and enforcement of anti-dumping laws, and advocating for an urgent shift away from fossil fuels to cleaner power sources instead.

Many ships in the Arctic are currently using the dirtiest fuel on the market: heavy fuel oil (HFO). An HFO spill in the Arctic would be catastrophic for marine life, local economies, Indigenous communities and the planet. And when burned, HFO produces toxic emissions including high levels of black carbon – a harmful air pollutant that accelerates climate change. The Canadian government has recently announced their support for a proposed international ban on the use of HFO in the Arctic...with a several year delay. But with communities and the planet at risk, we can’t afford to wait.

Sign the petition to call for urgent action:


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24, Nov 2020
New investigation commissioned by the federal government reveals that ships using scrubbers are bad news for both the air we breathe and...
25, Aug 2020
There is no second chance when it comes to a heavy fuel oil spill  
carnival cruise ship in water
14, Jul 2020
New investigation reveals that Canada’s West Coast was saved from exposure to billions of litres of pollution this cruise ship season due...