#ClearFacts Blog:
Marine Shipping Issues, Simplified

We help answer common questions about marine shipping in Canada.

04/01/2018

January 4, 2018

Places of Refuge

When a vessel is damaged, disabled or otherwise in distress at sea, finding a place of refuge – a place where it can be taken to prevent further damage to the vessel or pollution to the environment – can be critical.

05/12/2017

December 5, 2017

What is Marine Pilotage?

Marine pilotage plays a vital role in marine safety and accident prevention.

23/11/2017

November 23, 2017

Who Pays For Response Organizations?

There are four response organizations located in Canada.

08/11/2017

November 8, 2017

The Oceans Protection Plan: One Year In The Making

The Oceans Protection Plan (OPP) is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways.

26/10/2017

October 26, 2017

What Role Does Marine Trade Play In the Arctic?

For Arctic communities, marine shipping is often the only economical means of accessing essential goods, such as food, fuel and construction goods.

10/10/2017

October 10, 2017

Abandoned Vessels & The Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund

Abandoned and derelict vessels pose significant risks to marine safety and have both economic and environmental impacts on local communities.

07/09/2017

September 7, 2017

The Importance of Ballast Water Management

Ballast water is essential for the safe operation of ships. It is used to adjust the overall weight of the vessel and its internal distribution in order to keep the ship floating safely, upright and in a stable condition. It is used to compensate for different cargo loads that a ship may carry at different times, including during loading and unloading. It also provides stability and manoeuvrability during transit.

31/08/2017

August 31, 2017

10 Questions About Underwater Noise & Marine Mammals

With increased marine traffic in Canada’s coastal waters comes an increase in underwater noise from vessels – and a need to understand the impacts on marine mammals who use sound to communicate, feed, navigate and reproduce.

23/08/2017

August 23, 2017

The Polluter Pays Principle

The term ‘polluter pays principle’ (PPP) is found in many of the guiding conventions, regulations and laws surrounding commercial marine shipping. However, the significance of the principle can be difficult to interpret.