Prevention remains the best way to avoid incidents and accidents. Prevention is shared responsibility between different levels of government and the ship owner or operator.

Measures have been implemented in the marine industry to reduce risks related to ships, onboard equipment, crews, communications, marine services, etc.

Adequate crew training, regular ship and equipment inspections, the mandatory use of pilots in dangerous waters, tugs escorting of oil tankers, the development of emergency response plans and regular emergency response drills are all important prevention measures.