The Canadian government is commissioning a pan-Canadian risk assessment study on readiness to respond to ship-source spills in Canadian waters, the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructures and Communities announced on Feb. 5.
In collaboration with the Canadian Coast Guard and Environment Canada, the Ministry says the risk assessment will help the government make continuous improvements to marine safety.
Building on previously conducted risk assessments, this study will analyze and evaluate the risk of oil or chemical spills occurring in Canadian waters as a result of incidents involving ships or oil handling facilities. It will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will examine the likelihood and potential impacts of oil spills in Canadian waters, including the Arctic. The second phase will look at the risks associated with chemical spills.” The study will focus on different types of incidents including collisions, fire, explosions, structural failure and loading/off loading operations.
“Our government is working to protect the safety of Canadians and the environment,” said Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, in a statement. “Canada depends on marine shipping for jobs, economic growth and long-term prosperity. While the current system has served Canada well, it is essential that we have a system in place that can meet future needs.”
The government posted a request for proposals on the Government Electronic Tendering Service (MERX.) The contract award for marine and risk experts is expected to be announced in early spring.