The World-Class Tanker Safety System

Canada has one of the strongest marine safety regimes in the world, and has a marine safety track record that meets or exceeds international standards.

As we look to the future, the transportation of petroleum products and liquefied natural gas is expected to continue to grow around the world. To respond to this expected growth, the Government of Canada is implementing measures under its World Class Tanker Safety System initiative to strengthen Canada's already robust marine safety regime. Canada’s approach focuses on three key areas: prevention, preparedness and response, liability and compensation.

Area Response Planning

This initiative looks for ways to make Canada’s Marine Safety System stronger by doing more to protect Canada’s marine environment and communities from the harmful effects of ship-source oil pollution spills.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard, in partnership with Transport Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada, will develop Area Response Plans for four pilot areas, which currently experience the highest level of tanker traffic.

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Establishing an Incident Command System

As the lead federal agency to ensure an appropriate response to ship-source oil pollutants, the Canadian Coast Guard works with other partners to ensure the protection of the marine environment and public safety. Coast Guard is adopting the Incident Command System (ICS) to provide a more effective response to a potential spill, integrating operations with key partners, such as Canada’s private-sector response organizations. ICS is an internationally accepted incident management system used for the command, control, and coordination of incident response operations.

Modernizing Canada’s Marine Navigation System

Enhancements to the current marine navigation system will strengthen Canada's ability to prevent ship source marine oil spills by providing real-time information to mariners to help them identify high risk situations.

Modernizing Canada's Marine Navigation System

Conducting New Science Research into Petroleum Products

Fisheries and Oceans, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Natural Resources Canada are conducting scientific research on non-conventional petroleum products, such as diluted bitumen, to enhance our understanding of these substances and how they behave if spilled in the marine environment. This integrated scientific research will contribute to better decision-making in the implementation of spill-response technologies and countermeasures in the event of a potential ship-source spill.

Oil Spill Response Science