Safety 101

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Answer to Safety 101: Tanker Safety in Canada
tanker illustration: photo Mark Cromwell.

In this illustration, an oil tanker has taken on a load of oil and is heading out of a Canadian harbour. However something is missing: a tugboat. As part of Canada’s world-class tanker safety standards, laden tankers travelling in Canadian waters require tug boats to escort them out to open waters.

Pilot tugboats

(c) SFphoto Stock Photography 

Other elements of Canada’s tanker safety system to note:

 - All tankers operating in Canadian waters must be double-hull tankers. This keeps the ship watertight if the outer hull is damaged and reduces the chance of a spill occurring.
 - Certified local marine pilots with knowledge of local waters take control of tankers when navigating harbours and busy waterways.
 - Regular aerial patrols monitor ships in Canadian waters. These aircraft carry equipment that can detect as little as one litre of oil spilled.
 - Navigational aids such as buoys and lights are used to warn ships of obstructions and to mark shipping routes, while modern navigation and communications technologies ensure ships have real-time information on location and hazards.
 - Canadian marine inspectors regularly check ships, evaluating the ship’s structure, emergency systems, communications equipment and so on to ensure the ship is safe to operate.
 - Professional spill response organizations are on standby to respond quickly in the event of a spill.

These are all part of federal marine safety regulations under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.
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Did You Know?
Each year, over 700 tankers arrive at Canadian ports and 80 million tonnes of oil move along Canada’s East and West coasts.