Ocean Networks Canada's Smart Ocean initiative is helping to achieve a World-Class Tanker Safety System
VANCOUVER, Oct. 14, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, announced today that the Government of Canada will provide up to $20-million over three years to Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) for its Smart Ocean initiative, which supports the World-Class Tanker Safety System. The funding will allow ONC to transform the oceanographic data it collects into navigational safety information that will help vessel operators and others avoid navigational hazards and prevent marine accidents.
The goal of the Smart Ocean initiative is to help prevent marine accidents, predict and warn of natural hazards, and improve overall marine situational awareness near Port Metro Vancouver, Campbell River, Kitimat, the Douglas Channel, and Prince Rupert.
ONC is a not-for-profit society that was created in 2007 to develop and manage ocean observatories and equipment, to serve as an international leader in the science and technology of ocean observing systems, and to maximize economic and societal benefits through commercialization and outreach.
- The Government of Canada is providing up to $20 million to ONC for its Smart Ocean initiative, which supports the World-Class Tanker Safety System.
- ONC is an international leader in developing and implementing ocean monitoring systems, and operates two world-leading ocean observatories.
- ONC's Smart Ocean initiative combines marine sensing technology with its powerful data management system, Oceans 2.0, so that coastal and offshore areas of Canada, particularly those slated for resource extraction or transportation, can be managed safely and following environmentally sound approaches.
- ONC collects oceanographic data using a network of ocean floor sensors and coastal radars along the West Coast.
"The Government of Canada is pleased to provide funding to Ocean Networks Canada for the Smart Ocean initiative. The data provided by this technology will contribute to a World-Class Tanker Safety System by enhancing navigation safety and marine oil spill prevention, and providing environmental protection for marine areas."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
"The contribution announced today by the Government of Canada will enable Ocean Networks Canada to continue operations of its world-leading ocean observing infrastructure and to harness its science and research capacity for the benefit of Canadians through enhanced marine and public safety, and increased environmental monitoring."
Dr. Kate Moran
President, Ocean Networks Canada
- For information on Ocean Networks Canada, please visit: www.oceannetworks.ca.
- For information on oil tanker safety measures, please visit: news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=847509.
- To view the Tanker Safety Expert Panel's December 2013 report, A Review of Ship-Source Oil Spill Preparedness and Response Regime—Setting A Course for the Future, please visit: www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/mosprr/transport_canada_tanker_report_accessible_eng.pdf.
- For more information about oil tanker safety, please visit: www.tc.gc.ca/eng/marinesafety/menu-4100.htm.
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SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information: Jana Régimbal, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700; Media Relations, Transport Canada, Ottawa, 613-993-0055