In line with measures already taken to strengthen Canada’s tanker safety system, the recently announced SmartATLANTIC Saint John buoy project will help to modernize Canada’s marine navigation system by providing accurate and real-time meteorological/hydrological data that will be used to produce high-resolution forecasts of weather and sea conditions, and for scientific research. The SmartATLANTIC buoy will also help minimize the potential for incidents, reduce the risk of an oil spill, and help support the region’s ship-based trade in energy products such as liquefied natural gas (LNG) and petroleum products.

The marine transportation community, commercial fishers, recreational boaters and researchers will be able to access real-time information generated by this system to more accurately forecast wind, wave and ocean currents, which will help improve safe navigation and environmental protection, as well as maximize the efficiency of commercial traffic using Port Saint John, and lower costs for the marine industry in the area.

The $417,000 cost of the project will be shared among Transport Canada, Saint John Port Authority, the province of New Brunswick, and others. Annual operating expenses will be shared equally by Saint John Port Authority, Atlantic Pilotage Authority, Irving Oil and Canaport LNG.

The new buoy will join a network of SmartATLANTIC buoys already in operation in Halifax, Come by Chance (Newfoundland), St. John’s (Newfoundland) and elsewhere, and planned. For further information, please visit www.smartatlantic.ca