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Research Project

Maritime Commercial Incidents and Accidents

In This Dashboard Tool, You’ll Learn About

  • The different types of marine incidents and accidents, and vessels involved in such events in and around Canadian waters.
  • The number of vessels involved in marine incidents and accidents in Canadian and transboundary waters over the course of a decade.
  • The regions where higher numbers of marine incidents and accidents have occurred historically.

How to Use the Dashboard

Intuitive, user-friendly, interactive: tour the Marine Incidents and Accidents dashboard and learn how to personalize your experience based on your interests in this short tutorial:

Project Summary

Clear Seas conducted this project to provide a more complete understanding of the marine incidents and accidents that have occurred in, or close to, Canadian waters. Integrating marine occurrence data from Canadian and United States (U.S.) sources and visualizing the data on an interactive and web-based map are some of the ways this project leverages publicly available information to gain insight into the safety of marine shipping.

The dashboard at the core of this project is based on ten years of data and is intended to help policymakers and the public better understand the risks involved with commercial marine shipping activities across Canada. It is a dynamic tool that can be updated as more data related to commercial marine incidents and accidents occurring in Canada’s waterways becomes available.

Learn more about the data sources, datasets, and methodology used to build the Marine Incidents and Accidents dashboard, and the purposes and limitations of this tool in the project’s summary report below:

Key Takeaway

The innovation behind the visualization tool developed as part of this project lies in its ability to present data on marine incidents and accidents in and around Canadian waters in an easy-to-use, geospatial format.

Creating a dashboard tool to share this data will help highlight areas of potential shipping risks, identify trends in marine incident reporting and help inform policymakers and the public on the safety of marine shipping in Canada.

Bringing together data from Canadian and U.S. sources will better characterize marine occurrences in transboundary waters, where a substantial amount of shipping activity happens.

Download the Project's Summary Report

“As First Nation communities and organizations increase their participation in marine-related matters, having accessible data to fully understand shipping impacts to their territories is crucial.”

— Kim Baird
Owner, Kim Baird Strategic Consulting, Chancellor of Kwantlen Polytechnic University and former Chief, Tsawwassen First Nation

“Providing information on maritime incidents and accidents which occurred in Canadian waters serves a clear purpose: ensuring that trends are identified, that causalities are understood, that lessons learned are shared with all stakeholders and that Safety Management Systems are strengthened to prevent re-occurrence. Sharing information with the public via Clear Seas’ new Incidents and Accidents dashboard is therefore a matter of trust and transparency for the industry and is core to Clear Seas’ raison d’être.”

— Serge Le Guellec
President & General Manager, Transport Desgagnés

“Key to assessing the current risks of marine shipping is understanding the historical record of marine incidents and accidents. Simply, we need to look to what happened in the past to anticipate and prevent what could happen in the future.”

— Paul Blomerus
Executive Director, Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping

Presentation of the Dashboard

Watch the research team introduce the Marine Incidents and Accidents dashboard, its specificities and applications:

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Research Team

Clear Seas team member Tessa Coulthard

Tessa Coulthard

Research Lead, Clear Seas

Clear Seas team member Jennifer Steele

Jennifer Steele

Director of Research Operations (on leave), Clear Seas

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