#ClearFacts Blog:
Marine Shipping Issues, Simplified

We help answer common questions about marine shipping in Canada.

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

Melting sea ice makes Canada more, not less dependent on icebreakers

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.

September 8, 2020

Research Spotlight: Zuzanna Kochanowicz

“Traditional Knowledge differs from Western science because of the way it is collected. Most of the knowledge in the community is passed on through oral storytelling. Just because it is conducted differently does not mean it is of any less value. It is important to remember that there are many different ways to collect and analyze data and that each method is just as valuable.” – Zuzanna Kochanowicz

August 18, 2020

Navigating the St. Lawrence:
Challenging Waters, Rich History and Bright Future

The St. Lawrence marine corridor plays a key role in Canada’s economy and supply chain. The geography as well as the unique physical attributes and water dynamics of the St. Lawrence challenge the commercial ships transiting through this maritime route in more than one way. 

July 7, 2020

Research Spotlight:
Dr. Kenneth Lee, Expert in Oil Spill Response Technologies

“We must remember the premise of using chemical oil dispersants: Diluting the oil from a surface slick into the water column at sea to reduce its concentration to below toxic levels, enhance its degradation rate, and reduce its probability of reaching shore.” – Kenneth Lee

June 29, 2020

Clear Seas At Five Years: Research For A Sustainable Future

On its fifth anniversary, Clear Seas looks back at its accomplishments and reflects on the key role it will continue to play to support safe and sustainable marine shipping in Canada.