Marine Transportation Corridors

Executive Summary

Clear Seas is undertaking a multifaceted analysis to determine and describe risks related to commercial marine shipping activities and to assist in marine spatial planning in Canada. The current research explores Canada’s Pacific coast in the following areas:

  1. Vessel Drift and Response Analysis determines how ship routing and the location and availability of Emergency Tow Vessels (ETVs) or rescue tugs might influence the potential for rescue of a disabled ship before it can drift aground.
  2. Emergency Towing Vessel Needs Assessment fills an existing knowledge gap for rescuing large and high windage ships in moderate to severe wind and wave conditions.
  3. Vessel Traffic and Petroleum Movements Analysis determines the travel patterns of commercial ships and associated petroleum movements in western Canadian waters by analyzing three years of Automatic Identification System (AIS) data.
    • Available 2020
  4. Tugs of Opportunity Study examines the availability and capabilities of potential “tugs of opportunity” to assist disabled ships at selected locations along Canada’s Pacific coast.
  5. Special Coastal Areas Assessment maps the significance of coastal areas as a result of their recognized biological, physical, socioeconomic and Indigenous attributes where such attributes may be vulnerable to harm due to commercial shipping.
    • Available 2020
  6. Priority Areas & Risk Mitigation Considerations: MTC Project Findings combines and analyzes the three geo-spatial components (project aspects 1, 2 & 5) along with other results to identify areas of elevated risk along Canada’s Pacific coast and the various risk mitigation tools available to help address the risks.
    • Available 2020

Clear Seas intends to identify and share risk mitigation measures through this series of reports. The Marine Transportation Corridors project’s risk assessment methodology will be developed in Canada’s Pacific region first, with the intention of extending the analysis in subsequent phases to assess similar risks in Canada’s Atlantic, Arctic and Great Lakes regions.

Published August 9, 2017

Last modified on April 6, 2020