Management Action Plan Dashboard - M/V Marathassa Environmental Response Operation



  • Implementation of Incident Command System throughout Canadian Coast Guard
  • Internal and external notification procedures and practices


  • Clarifying communication protocols with partners

Snapshot of Progress on Recommended Action Items

  • Ongoing: 15%
  • Completed: 85%
Recommendations of the Independent Review of the M/V Marathassa Environmerntal Response Operation
RecommendationsRecommended ActionsStatus

Recommendation #1

Review and amend National Incident Notification Procedure to include more specific criteria for pollution reporting.


Recommendation #2

Initiate joint review of alerting and notification procedures with provincial emergency and environmental agencies in British Columbia.


Recommendation #3

Collectively review Letter of Understanding with Transport Canada and the Port of Vancouver to ensure understanding of roles, responsibilities and mandates, and update terminology used to ensure common language between partners.


Recommendation #5

Develop the Greater Vancouver Integrated Pollution Response Plan (GVIPRP) to allow the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada and the Port of Vancouver to identify the skills, capabilities and capacity the Port of Vancouver will require to investigate and assess reports of pollution within Port boundaries.


Recommendation #6

Provide copies of all existing regional marine pollution response agreements, including Letter of Understanding with the Port of Vancouver to Coast Guard Western Region, Environmental Response personnel and senior management.


Recommendation #7

Canadian Coast Guard’s senior management to encourage use of precautionary principle to ensure effective and timely environmental response to pollution incidents.


Recommendation #8

Continue working with Transport Canada and local partners to develop Area Response Plan (ARP) for Southern British Columbia waters.


Recommendation #9

Apply National Response Team concept to assist in response to marine pollution incidents.


Recommendation #10

Develop surge-training program to provide additional Incident Command System training to Canadian Coast Guard and Department of Fisheries and Oceans regional and headquarters staff (core personnel).


Recommendation #11

Develop Incident Management Handbook to assist Coast Guard personnel in application of Incident Command System principles during response operations and planned events.


Recommendation #12

Ensure key documentation including Incident Management Handbook and Incident Command System job aids define key roles and responsibilities within the Incident Command Post.


Recommendation #13

Analyse use of Emergency Operations Centres to enhance coordination and executive decision-making in support of incident response.


Recommendation #14

With partners and stakeholders, identify Incident Command Post locations for the southern part of the British Columbia pilot area during development of the Area Response Plan and the Greater Vancouver Integrated Pollution Response Plan.


Recommendation #15

Employ Incident Command System coaches and mentors to support appropriate use of Incident Command System rules and application of best practices during large scale incidents until all necessary Canadian Coast Guard staff are trained.


Recommendation #20

Define operational requirements that will identify best platform for a Common Operating Picture.


Recommendation #21

Ensure communication strategies are in place for approval and release of joint statements from a Unified Command.


Recommendation #22

Amend communication strategies to ensure protocols are in place for accelerated regional approval process during incidents.


Recommendation #23

Review communications-related Human Resource capacity and related tools to support Incident Command and Unified Command communications.


Recommendation #24

Procure Incident Command System information management system that will facilitate effective information flow between partners during incidents.


Recommendation #25

Develop and implement strategy for use of incident-specific communications tools.


Please note: as per the “Independent Review of the M/V Marathassa Fuel Oil Spill Environmental Response Operation” Report, recommendations 4, 16, 17, 18 and 19 are being addressed by partners.