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Marine Shipping Issues, Simplified

We help answer common questions about marine shipping in Canada.

June 22, 2021

How will the TMX Pipeline Affect Marine Shipping in the Salish Sea?

The transport of oil by ships is no stranger to controversy. But the tempo of that debate is sure to increase as the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) project heads for completion at the end of 2022, with all three berths operating at full capacity later in 2023, placing any potential risks to coastal ecosystems from increased tanker traffic firmly in the public spotlight.

June 17, 2021

National Indigenous Peoples Day: Recognition comes at a painful time in the history of Indigenous People and shines a light on injustice, residential schools, and the need for reconciliation

This June, Canada is commemorating National Indigenous History Month to recognize the history, heritage, and diversity of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Indigenous Peoples have a deep history and connection to the land we call Canada and the oceans and waters that wash on to its shores.

June 9, 2021

Southern Resident killer whales: Helping to save an endangered species

With more than 27,000 km of coastline that extends from Alaska to Washington State, Canada’s Pacific region is home to a rich and vibrant marine ecosystem. Thousands of sea creatures inhabit these waters, from microscopic species to large, fascinating mammals. Among them are the highly intelligent and iconic orcas, also known as killer whales.

May 6, 2021

2021 Update: Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales

North Atlantic right whales are one of the most endangered species of large whales.

March 23, 2021

Anchors Away: Understanding the Issues About Ships at Anchor

As Canada’s international trade and the global demand for its products continues to grow, the need for anchorages, which allow ships to wait outside a harbour to unload or pick-up their cargos, has increased. This has an impact on coastal areas, the environment and on the traditional activities of Indigenous communities.

January 14, 2021

Research Spotlight: Sylvain Lafrance

The Marine Acoustic Research Station (MARS) project was created to measure the acoustic signature of vessels transiting the St. Lawrence River to help manage the effect of ship noise on marine mammals.

December 10, 2020

Icebreakers in Canadian Waters

Climate change leads to more sea ice and higher risks for commercial marine shipping

November 26, 2020

Righting a Wrong: Reconciliation and Canada’s Marine Shipping Industry

With an increased focus on Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples, what is the marine shipping industry doing to improve relations and to work together with Indigenous communities? This blog provides an overview of where the industry – from ports, ship builders and operators to educational and training bodies – is on the path towards reconciliation. 

October 22, 2020

Breaking The Ice: Delivering the Goods to the Arctic in a Pandemic

Commercial ships resupplying the remote communities of Canada’s Eastern Arctic face multiple logistical challenges along the way. This year, COVID-19 and the threat it posed to both the ships’ crews and northern communities was another challenge they had to deal with.