As a maritime nation, Canada derives many benefits from commercial marine shipping. However, there are inherent risks associated with commercial vessels. Loss-of-control incidents resulting from mechanical or electrical failures can lead to increased risk of vessel groundings, where loss of life and environmental damage can be the result. Response times for rescue operations can vary greatly along Canada’s vast coastlines. The amount of time a rescue operation has to safely recover a disabled vessel is determined by several factors, including: distance the disabled vessel is from shore, location of the rescue tugs, weather and sea-state, and the drift rate of the disabled vessel.
The objective of Clear Seas’ Marine Transportation Corridors project is to identify where there is elevated risk and propose solutions to mitigate risks associated with commercial vessel groundings, as a result of loss-of-control incidents. The project will analyze a number of parameters including vessel drift characteristics and trajectory, rescue asset deployment, marine traffic volumes, vessel traffic routes and monitoring practices. Additionally, the project will evaluation rescue tug requirements, identify where special coastal are located, and ultimately identify solutions to enhance marine vessel safety along Canada’s coasts.