All Research

Clear Seas is an independent research centre focused on marine shipping issues. Learn more about our research on safe and sustainable marine shipping in Canada.

Clear Seas

March 5, 2018

Vessel Drift and Response Analysis for Canada’s Pacific Coast

Clear Seas commissioned Nuka Research and Planning Group, LLC to assess the risk that a disabled vessel could drift aground on Canada’s Pacific coast before help arrives.


February 22, 2018

Commercial Shipping Issues in Canada’s North

UPDATE: Research selected for Clear Seas / MEOPAR 2017 Call for Proposals: In partnership, Clear Seas and MEOPAR have selected a project led by Dr. Jackie Dawson (University of Ottawa) as a grant recipient resulting from the joint 2017 Call for Proposals. Eligible research projects examined commercial shipping issues in Canada’s North. Dr. Dawson will study shipping traffic in the Northwest Passage region and its potential impact on sensitive sites.The research, supported by a joint Clear Seas - MEOPAR grant of $194,000 will start in the spring of 2018 and is expected to require two years to complete.

Ocean Networks Canada

August 24, 2017

Real Time Vessel Monitoring

Clear Seas, in collaboration with Ocean Networks Canada, will monitor real-time satellite and terrestrial Automatic Identification System (AIS) signals from large commercial vessels operating and transiting B.C. coastal waters and will articulate and quantify the observed and potential vessel traffic hazards as well as make recommendations for policies, procedures and a business model for improved marine domain awareness in Canada.


July 4, 2017

The Behaviour and Environmental Impacts of Crude Oil Released Into Aqueous Environments

Although crude oil spills are infrequent in Canada their consequences to the environment and impacted local economies, as well as on human health, can be profound.

Canadian Council of Academies

May 24, 2017

The Value of Commercial Marine Shipping to Canada

The study examines a scope that extends beyond economic impacts and draws conclusions about how marine shipping contributes much to Canadians’ daily lives – whether or not they live in coastal communities.

Clear Seas

March 30, 2017

Leading Systems for Oil Spill Response in Ports – Implications for Canada

This research has examined spill response policies and practices in seven ports in five countries, which has provided a range of national policies and port conditions and practices against which to consider Canadian policies and practices.


September 25, 2016

Integrated Arctic Corridors Framework

A digest on The Pew Charitable Trusts’ report: The Integrated Arctic Corridors Framework: Planning for responsible shipping in Canada’s Arctic waters.


November 25, 2016

Remediation of Hazards Related to Shipwrecks

Digest on the development of a potential regime to address the hazards associated with shipwrecks in Canada's internal waters and territorial seas.


January 23, 2017

West Coast Spill Response Study 2

This volume concentrates on vessel traffic and associated oil movements along the west coast of Canada, particularly for the years 2011-2012.