Maritime Commercial Incidents and Accidents

Executive Summary

Clear Seas is undertaking a project to examine the spatial distribution of commercial marine shipping incidents and accidents in and around Canadian waters. This project involves the creation of a publicly available interactive dashboard that visualizes incident and accident data in a clear, easy to use web map format.

A spatial dataset of marine occurrences from 2008 to 2018 will be compiled from the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) of Canada’s Marine Safety Information System (MARSIS). The TSB dataset will be supplemented by marine accident data from the United States Coast Guard to more fully represent shipping incidents and accidents that occur in transboundary waters.

Through the web mapping application, users will be able to search for specific incidents or accidents and filter through the data based on various events or vessel characteristics. This tool is intended to highlight areas of potential shipping risk, identify trends in marine accident reporting, and help inform policymakers and the public on the safety of marine shipping in Canada.

Published October 28, 2020

Last modified on June 7, 2021