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By BCShippingNews 08 September 2015

What started as a fact-finding trip to Norway in June 2013, has resulted in the first independent research organization to examine marine shipping in Canada. In July this year, Canada’s Minister of Transport, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, joined marine shipping experts, non-government organizations and other officials to announce the launch of the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping — an independent, not-for-profit organization that will provide impartial and evidence-based research to inform the public and policy makers about marine traffic in Canadian waters, including risks, mitigation measures, and best practices worldwide for safe and sustainable marine shipping

"This is an important initiative not only for the promotion of safe and responsible marine shipping but for the growth of Canada’s economy," said Minister Raitt. "Clear Seas will be able to share knowledge and recommend policy options about marine shipping based on reliable and fact-based information."

Photo above: Left to right: Duncan Wilson (Port Metro Vancouver), the Honourable Lisa Raitt (Minister for Transport Canada), Dr. Richard Wiefelspuett (Clear Seas), Dr. Kate Moran (Ocean Networks Canada), John Weston (Member of Parliament) and Tim McMillan (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers). (Photo copyright to BC Shipping News - permission required for reprint).

Leading the organization is Dr. Richard Wiefelspuett as Executive Director, as-sisted by Policy Analyst Dr. Jody Wright and Office Manager April Allard.

Port Metro Vancouver was the lead organizer of the June 2013 trip to Norway where about 30 representatives from industry, municipal governments, First Nations, non-government organizations and other groups spent time in Oslo and Bergen to learn about Norway’s oil and gas industry and specifically, its spill response regime, often considered the epitome of ‘world-class’.