Launch of an initiative to improve ship-source oil spill preparedness and response

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The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced on July 7th the launch of the Area Response Planning pilot project. Area Response Planning is one of the Government of Canada’s measures under the World-Class Tanker Safety System that aims to further strengthen Canada’s robust marine safety system.

The pilot areas include:

1. the southern portion of British Columbia, including Vancouver harbour;
2. Saint John and the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick;
3. Port Hawkesbury and the Strait of Canso, Nova Scotia; and
4. St. Lawrence River (Montreal to Anticosti Island), Quebec.

The MIB informs you

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In response to information in the news this week, the MIB would like to inform you. An effective oil spill response system already exists. Currently, numerous response tools are in place for the St. Lawrence, provided by response organizations accredited by Transport Canada, the Canadian Coast Guard, etc. As confirmed by Transport Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard, an area response planning pilot project is currently being tested on the St. Lawrence River between Montréal and Anticosti Island.

Press release: Maritime Information Bureau launch

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Key maritime industry players have announced the creation of the Maritime Information Bureau (MIB), a new quick access to experts and information about the marine sector, its spinoffs and its activities in Quebec. The purpose of this single information window is to help the media, elected officials and the public get relevant, factual marine-industry-related information quickly and efficiently.

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