Vessel Traffic in Canada’s Pacific Region

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In this Report, You'll Learn About

  • Ship movements, marine traffic patterns, and vessel density in Canada’s Pacific waters
  • The types of commercial vessels operating in or transiting through the region
  • The types and quantity of oil carried by ships – both as cargo and as fuel – on Canada’s Pacific Coast
  • The impact of seasonality and environmental protection measures on traffic density and patterns

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118-page PDF


Clear Seas contracted Nuka Research and Planning Group, LLC, to conduct a study to provide a clear, comprehensive picture of the commercial vessels operating in Canada’s Pacific region, their typical routes and behaviours, and the quantity and type of oil they carry. Among others, information and findings from this analysis will help better assess and understand risks associated with commercial shipping in Canada’s Pacific waters.

This study is the fifth body of work under Clear Seas’ Marine Transportation Corridors initiative undertaken to determine and describe risks related to commercial marine shipping activities in Canada, and to assist in marine spatial planning.

Key Takeaway

This study is, to date, the most current and comprehensive quantitative commercial vessel traffic analysis of Canada’s Pacific region made available to the public. It addresses existing knowledge gaps identified by Clear Seas through ongoing dialogue with First Nations, government officials, academics and industry.

The knowledge gained through this analysis can be used to support initiatives related to proactive vessel management and marine domain awareness, and to assess potential areas of friction in marine spatial planning.


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Presentation of Results

Watch the research team introduce the study and discuss the report’s conclusions:

Project context and overview Key findings Q&A Video


Read the answers to questions that were not addressed during the webinar:

Written Q&A


Research Team

Meghan Mathieson Headshot   Meghan Mathieson, Director of Research and Knowledge Mobilization, Clear Seas

Jim Hodgson - Research Associate   Jim Hodgson, Research Associate, Clear Seas

Tim Robertson Headshot   Tim Robertson, Principal Consultant, Nuka Research

Published March 2, 2021

Last modified on February 22, 2022