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State of the Art in Shipping Risk and Modelling


December 2, 2019 (Halifax, NS) – MEOPAR, Clear Seas and exactEarth hosted the workshop State of the Art in Shipping Risk and Modelling as part of the Canadian Marine Shipping Risk Forum.

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The inaugural workshop of the Canadian Marine Shipping Risk Forum was a success. Over 80 registrants and 13 speakers from across Canada took part in the event to discuss topics such as multidisciplinary approaches to shipping risk, data and modelling for shipping risk, and qualitative and quantitative risk assessments.

Workshop Overview & Objectives

The Canadian Marine Shipping Risk Forum Community of Practice addresses topics relating to the exploration of risks of – and to – shipping, generally within the Canadian region. Through its series of multidisciplinary and interactive workshops, the Community of Practice aims to:

  • Identify best practices for shipping modelling and shipping risk analysis
  • Identify gaps in marine shipping risk assessment and share knowledge to address them
  • Maintain active discussion on new developments in marine shipping data sources
  • Provide a focal point for identifying new research in this trans-disciplinary interest area

A key goal of the first workshop was to identify both strengths and gaps in the current state of shipping risk and modelling from practitioners to help chart a course for ongoing Community of Practice content – web content, webinars, future workshops – to match community needs.

Workshop Summary Report

State of the Art in Shipping Risk and Modelling – Workshop Summary Report

Workshop Agenda & Speaker Presentations

The workshop hosted roundtable discussions within three topic sessions. The event’s agenda can be viewed here

Session 1. Multidisciplinary Approaches to Shipping Risk Assessment 

Arctic Corridors and Northern Voices: An Example of a Multidisciplinary Approach to Shipping Risk Assessment in the Arctic – Jackie Dawson, University of Ottawa

A Broader Approach to Regional Assessments of the Cumulative Effects of Marine Shipping – Paula Doucette, Transport Canada

Shipping Risks: Science Models, System Models, Management Tools, Governance – Ronald Pelot, Dalhousie University/MEOPAR

Session 2. Data and Modelling for Shipping Risk 

Data Quality, Lack of Systematic Reporting of Marine Accidents, and Other Limitations of Ship Accident Models – Dave Creber, Dillon Consulting

Analyzing Vessel-Strike Risk to North Atlantic Right Whales: Benefits and Challenges of Working with AIS – Casey Hilliard and Meg Carr, WHaLE Lab, Dalhousie University

Data Collection: Leveraging AIS to Track Small Vessels and to Relay Additional Ship Sensor Data – Peter Dorcas, exactEarth (presented by Norma Serra, University of Victoria)

Estimating Risk-Based Ship Transit Times in Ice Using Polaris – Mark Stoddard, Dalhousie University 

Session 3. Qualitative vs Quantitative Shipping Risk Approaches

Update on the Regional Risk Assessment for the Northern Shelf Bioregion – Daniel Reid, Transport Canada

Investigating Whale-Watching Activities Using Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches – Norma Serra, University of Victoria

Evaluating Institutional Arrangements for Marine Shipping Management Within the Northern Marine Transportation Corridors Using Multiple Criteria Decision Analysis – Weishan Wang, Dalhousie University

Combining Risk Assessment Approaches in the Marine Transportation Corridors Initiative to Support Marine Spatial Planning Efforts – Meghan Mathieson, Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping

Canadian/Circumpolar Arctic Shipping and Transportation Network (CASTnet) – University of Ottawa

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