VANCOUVER, Oct. 10, 2013 /CNW/ — The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport, today welcomed the study commissioned by the province of
British Columbia regarding the West Coast Spill Response Study and
reiterated the Government of Canada's commitment to a world-class
tanker safety system.
"Our government is committed to protecting both the safety of Canadians
and our environment," said Minister Raitt. "Through our government's
plan for Responsible Resource Development, we are ensuring the safe and
reliable transport of energy resources through our waterways."
The Government of Canada has appointed a Tanker Safety Expert Panel that
is reviewing Canada's already robust system and will propose further
measures to strengthen it. Over the past six months, the panel has
engaged stakeholders to enhance the government's knowledge and
understanding of how well the current system is working, review our
current preparedness and response capacity, and propose new ways to
bring Canada's tanker safety system to a world-class status.
"We look forward to the results of the Tanker Safety Expert Panel review
later this fall," added Minister Raitt. "Our government shares a common
goal with the BC government - the responsible development of resources
to benefit all Canadians supported by a world-class Marine Oil Spill
Prevention & Response System."
Other measures announced by the Government of Canada as part of a
World-Class Tanker Safety System include increased tanker inspections;
systematic surveillance and monitoring of ships; implementation of an
incident command system; review of pilotage programs; new public port
designations and scientific research; a pan-Canadian risk assessment
study on oil spills; assessment of needs for new and modified aids to
navigation; and a review of the marine liability and compensation
Additional information can be found here: http://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/mediaroom/releases-2013-h031e-7089.htm.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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