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Feds introduce pan-Canadian risk assessment study on marine safety

Study will analyze and evaluate risks of oil or chemical spills in Canadian waters involving ships or oil handling facilities


OTTAWA—Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard and Environment Canada have commissioned a pan-Canadian risk assessment study on Canada’s readiness to handle ship-sourced spills in Canadian waters.

The 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 and 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.

In order to retain marine and risk experts, a request for proposals was posted on the Government Electronic Tendering Service known as MERX. The contracting process is managed by Public Works and Government Services Canada. The contract award is expected to be announced in early spring.