The Tanker Safety Expert Panel, an independent panel appointed to review Canada’s current tanker safety system and to propose measures to strengthen it, released its report, A Review of Canada’s Ship-Source Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime—Setting the Course for the Future on December 3. The report aims to improve Canada’s system for ship-source oil spill preparedness and response in order to better protect the public and the environment.
“I want to thank the panel for its detailed, thoughtful work, and the invaluable expertise they have brought to this critical issue,” said The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport. “I look forward to studying the report, speaking with stakeholders about their views, and discussing it with my cabinet colleagues. The government will take all necessary actions to prevent oil spills, clean them up should they happen, and ensure that polluters pay.”
The independent panel consulted with industry stakeholders, spill response organizations, owners and operators of oil handling facilities, vessel owners and operators, ports, industry associations, as well as Aboriginal organizations, federal and provincial governments, and U.S. officials. It also solicited written submissions from the public via its website. The panel’s full report can be viewed at www.tc.gc.ca/eng/tankersafetyexpertpanel/menu.html.
The panel will begin working on its second report early in 2014, examining national requirements for ship-source spills of hazardous and noxious substances, including liquefied natural gas, as well as the state of oil spill preparedness and response in the Arctic.
For more information on oil tanker safety, please visit: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/menu-4100.htm.