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Research Project

Technology Implications For Ship Pilotage


Executive Summary

Technology Implications for Ship Pilotage: Understanding the Impacts of Technology on the Safety and Efficiency of Pilotage Services in Canadian Waters
Clear Seas has commissioned Greenwood Maritime Services Ltd. to conduct a study to understand the role and impacts of technology on pilotage in Canadian waters.

Since the Pilotage Act was enacted in 1972, pilotage services in Canada have made highly valued contributions to navigational safety in the maritime industry. However, the maritime environment has experienced a significant amount of change in the past 50 years, with new policies and new technologies changing the way ships are operated. Published in 2018, the Pilotage Act Review recommended modernized legislation to better align with the existing and future realities of the marine transportation system. One recommendation was that pilots and Pilotage Authorities optimize the use of new technologies.

This project is to understand the role and impacts of technology on compulsory pilotage in Canadian waters, considering both safety and efficiency.

Can technology be applied to marine pilotage to maintain the level of safety while increasing the efficiency of pilotage service delivery?

The research objectives are to characterize the evolution of navigational safety technology over the past 50 years, identify advancements in pilotage technology and examples of best practices where technology has been used to enhance safety and efficiency of pilotage service delivery, and produce an inventory of new and emerging technologies that have the potential to affect the maritime environment and note in what ways. The results of this research are expected to help inform the delivery of pilotage services and direct the use of new pilotage technologies in Canada for a safe and efficient maritime sector.

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