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Research Project

Demystifying Maritime Governance

In this Report, You’ll Learn About

  • The rules and regulations governing the marine shipping industry and its operations
  • How the governance of shipping is applied in the Canadian and international contexts
  • The legal and institutional frameworks that apply to marine shipping in Canada and internationally
  • Contemporary issues related to the governance of shipping, including Indigenous rights, marine spatial planning, risk governance, and seafarers’ health and safety

Project Summary

Clear Seas partnered with a team at Dalhousie University and the Memorial University of Newfoundland on a multi-part project to help increase knowledge of maritime governance in Canada. The research sought to add clarity around the different pillars of maritime governance and to analyze drivers of change in the existing system. It also explored emerging issues, needs and approaches for consideration in effective governance of shipping.

Clear Seas supported the creation of a series of resources to help inform decision-makers, rights holders, stakeholders, and the public on the governance of shipping. This includes a comprehensive, multi-part report that breaks down the global and domestic structures, frameworks, actors, interconnections, and processes involved in maritime governance.

Table of Contents

Preface Preface
Provides historical and modern context for the governance of shipping
Part 1 Fundamentals of maritime governance
Explains the fundamentals of maritime governance within some international context
Part 2 The international legal framework for shipping
Explains the legal framework that maritime governance instruments are structured around
Part 3 The international institutions of maritime governance
Describes the international institutional framework of organizations that support maritime governance
Part 4 The governance of shipping in Canada
Describes the domestic components of maritime governance in Canada and how it is delivered and enforced

Key Takeaway

The knowledge and resources made accessible through this project will help to improve the collective understanding of how marine shipping is governed in Canada and beyond. A deeper understanding of the legal and institutional structures involved in the governance of shipping helps support informed decision-making and dialogues among leaders, industry members, Indigenous and coastal communities, and the public.

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Presentation of Results

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

A summary presentation of the project and its key findings can be downloaded here.

Research Team

Clear Seas Board of Directors Member Aldo Chircop

Aldo Chircop

Ph.D., Professor and the Canada Research Chair in Maritime Law and Policy, Dalhousie University

Desai Shan

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine of Memorial University of Newfoundland

Claudio Aporta

Ph. D., Professor, Canadian Chair, Marine Environmental Protection, World Maritime University

Leah Beveridge

Interdisciplinary Ph. D. candidate, Decolonizing Arctic Shipping, Dalhousie University

Jessica Cucinelli

Research Assistant, Industrial Engineering, Dalhousie University

Floris Goerlandt

Assistant Professor, Industrial Engineering, and Canada Research Chair in Risk Management and Resource Optimization for Marine Industries Dalhousie University

Cornelia Opoku Gyemfi

LLM Candidate, Maritime and Environmental Law, Dalhousie University Schulich School of Law

Alireza Jahanbaksh

Ph.D. candidate, Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Ronald Pelot

Ph. D., Professor, Industrial Engineering, Dalhousie University

Weishan Wang

Interdisciplinary Ph. D. candidate, Marine Spatial Planning and Arctic Shipping, Dalhousie University

Om Prakash Yadav

M.Sc. Medicine (Community Health), Memorial University of Newfoundland

Clear Seas team member Jennifer Steele

Jennifer Steele

Manager of Research and Knowledge Mobilization, Clear Seas

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