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Canada's first steps towards World-Class Tanker Safety System

Staff writer |
The Government of Canada announced a number of measures toward the creation of a World-Class Tanker Safety System.

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The implementation of eight tanker safety measures was announced along with the introduction of the Safeguarding Canada's Seas and Skies Act, and the creation of a Tanker Safety Expert Panel to review Canada's current tanker safety system and propose further measures to strengthen it.

As part of its plan to create a World-Class Tanker Safety System, the government will, in the weeks and months ahead, work and engage with Aboriginal communities.

The Tanker Safety Expert Panel will review Canada's current system and propose further measures to strengthen it. In the coming months, the panel will consult with key stakeholders to enhance the government's knowledge and understanding of how well the current system is working, review the current preparedness and response capacity, and propose new ways to bring Canada's tanker safety system to a world-class status.

The government will strengthen the current requirements for pollution prevention and response at oil handling facilities; increase Transport Canada's oversight and enforcement capacity by equipping marine safety inspectors with the tools to enforce compliance; and introduce new offences for contraventions of the Act and extend penalties relating to pollution. It will also enhance response to oil spill incidents.

The number of tanker inspections will increase to ensure that all foreign tankers are inspected on their first visit to Canada, and annually thereafter, to ensure they comply with rules and regulations, especially with respect to double hulls. The government will expand the National Aerial Surveillance Program and it will establish a Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) Incident Command System, which will allow it to respond more effectively to an incident and integrate its operations with key partners.

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