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What is Marine Pilotage?

Marine pilotage plays a vital role in marine safety and accident prevention.

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Who Pays For Response Organizations?

There are four response organizations located in Canada.

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The Oceans Protection Plan: One Year In The Making

The Oceans Protection Plan (OPP) is the largest investment ever made to protect Canada’s coasts and waterways.

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What Role Does Marine Trade Play In the Arctic?

For Arctic communities, marine shipping is often the only economical means of accessing essential goods, such as food, fuel and construction goods.

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Abandoned Vessels & The Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund

Abandoned and derelict vessels pose significant risks to marine safety and have both economic and environmental impacts on local communities.

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Marine Shipping and You

Even if you don't live by a coast, your day-to-day life depends on marine shipping. And when considering some of the issues surrounding marine shipping, it's important to do so knowing how it influences our lives and impacts the country's economy.

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Commercial shipping issues in Canada’s North

In partnership, MEOPAR and Clear Seas are seeking to fund two-year research projects related to commercial shipping issues in Canada’s North. Projects may focus on issues related to governance, cultural, economic, risk and infrastructure. All projects are encouraged to incorporate meaningful engagement with local populations, businesses or decision makers to ensure that the knowledge mobilization component is strongly entrenched with those who live and work within the project area.

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The Importance of Ballast Water Management

Ballast water is essential for the safe operation of ships. It is used to adjust the overall weight of the vessel and its internal distribution in order to keep the ship floating safely, upright and in a stable condition. It is used to compensate for different cargo loads that a ship may carry at different times, including during loading and unloading. It also provides stability and manoeuvrability during transit.

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10 Questions About Underwater Noise & Marine Mammals

With increased marine traffic in Canada’s coastal waters comes an increase in underwater noise from vessels – and a need to understand the impacts on marine mammals who use sound to communicate, feed, navigate and reproduce.

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