When boats break down on waterways between the U.S. and Canada, does it matter who comes out to tow them to shore?
According to a report from the CBC, that question is getting more attention after the owner of Canadian Coastal Services, has complained about U.S. owned towboats getting too much of the business he says rightfully belongs Canadian companies:
Company owner Glenn Swinton claims U.S. competitors are breaking the law when they do the same by entering Canadian waters and towing boats to Canadian ports.
Swinton says Canadian legislation is clear: it’s illegal for a foreign company to tow a boat found in Canadian waters to a Canadian port.
Swinton says U.S. companies working in Canadian waters are costing him upwards of $80,000 each year.
Swinton has raised the issue with Transport Canada and the Canada Border Services Agency. He alleges neither agency is doing anything to resolve the issue.
I have no idea how companies on both sides of the border work those issues out. According to the CBC story, the relevant legislation is found in the Coasting Trade Act and the United States Wreckers Act.
Boaters, what is your experience or opinion? Are there clear rules that are being followed? Or is the tow business pretty much a free-for-all? Is this a sensitive issue in our region too? Do tell.