A new study, commissioned by Clear Seas and produced by Nuka Research and Planning Group, LLC, analyzes how ship routing combined with the location and availability of Emergency Tow Vessels (ETVs) or rescue tugs might affect the probability of a disabled vessel drifting aground along the Pacific coast of Canada.
The report summarizes the outcomes of a scenario-based vessel drift and response analysis. The parameters that define the different scenarios were developed in consultation with Clear Seas and regional representatives of Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, Transport Canada, and the British Columbia Coast Pilots.
This study is the first of three to be presented by Clear Seas as elements of the Marine Transportation Corridors project. The combined results of these studies will aim to provide an enhanced understanding of some of the risks and potential prevention strategies associated with shipping activity on Canada’s Pacific coast. The approach developed for this study can be applied to all of Canada’s coastlines.
Ensuring that marine shipping activities in Canadian waters are conducted as safely and sustainably as possible will ensure that Canadians can continue to benefit from the essential value marine shipping provides to our lives, while balancing the safety of our environment and coastal communities.