The April 2016 workshop was featured in an article by Colin Laughlan published in the June 2016 Issue of BC Shipping News.
According to Transport Canada, MDA means having true and timely information about everything on, under, related to, adjacent to, or bordering a sea, ocean or other navigable waterway. This includes all related activities, infrastructure, people, cargo, vessels, or other means of transport. For marine security, it means being aware of anything in the marine domain that could threaten Canada’s national security.
Rising to the challenge of that definition, the two-day event was packed with 36 presentations and panel sessions ranging from global satellite tracking systems to granular Q&A discussions about information applications even at the grass-roots community level. The take-away was the staggering potential for technological applications for marine hazards — given one essential ingredient: greater collaboration among the multitude of stakeholders across the entire spectrum of marine safety, security, and environmental issues. For Clear Seas, it was the young organization’s successful debut as an independent facilitator of a much-needed collaborative process.
Read the entire BC Shipping News Article (PDF).