Marine Transportation Corridors

Executive Summary

Clear Seas is undertaking a multifaceted analysis to help describe risks related to marine shipping activities and to assist in marine spatial planning on Canada’s Pacific coast. The current research explores three main areas:

  1. Vessel Drift and Response Analysis determines how ship routing and the location and availability of Emergency Tow Vessels (ETVs) or rescue tugs might influence the potential for rescue of a disabled vessel before it can drift aground. 
  2. Vessel Traffic Analysis determines the travel patterns of commercial vessels operating in western Canadian waters using three years of Automatic Identification System (AIS) data. 
    • COMING IN 2018
  3. Identification of Special Coastal Areas highlights areas of importance or significance for one or more of the following reasons: Socio-Economic; Biological; Physical; or Indigenous.
    • COMING IN 2018

Clear Seas intends to identify and share risk mitigation measures through this series of reports. The Marine Transportation Corridors’ risk assessment methodology will be developed in Canada’s Pacific region first, with the intention of expanding the analysis in subsequent studies to assess similar risks in Canada’s Atlantic, Arctic and Great Lakes regions.

Published August 9, 2017

Last modified on March 6th, 2018 at 6:28 am

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