August 25, 2023 | Circular No. 11573

Dear Member,

As you may recall, that prior to COVID, vessels requiring a CFIA (Canadian Food Inspection Agency) inspection for the Flighted Spongy Moth Complex (previously known as Asian Gypsy Moth) had the option to anchor in Halifax or Chedabucto Bay in Eastern Canada.  However, during COVID the CFIA established an interim measure which requires vessels to proceed to Halifax only.

We are pleased to report that CFIA has advised us that beginning March 2024, and as per D- 95-03: Plant protection policy for marine vessels arriving in Canada from areas regulated for FSMC, vessels arriving without FSMC certification, will be diverted to the designated offshore inspection sites in Chedabucto Bay or Halifax Harbour.

Vessel operators should be reminded that during periods of inclement weather (i.e. when winds and sea swell increase the risk to inspector safety):

  • Vessel inspection may be delayed until weather conditions are suitable for boarding at anchor. Inspector safety is paramount and the CFIA will determine when conditions allow inspectors to board safely.
  • If a CFIA inspector feels that conditions in Chedabucto Bay may be unsuitable for boarding for an extended period of time, a vessel may be diverted to Halifax anchorage, at an inspector’s discretion

Vessel operators should also be reminded that diversion to offshore anchorage can be avoided by obtaining inspection and certification for FSMC prior to arrival in Canadian waters. Inspection and certification for FSMC can be requested year round from any of the recognized sources of certification (please see Appendix 4 of D- 95-03).


Farah Ahmad
Administrative Coordinator
Shipping Federation of Canada