Reporting of Pollution

Provisions concerning reports on incidents involving harmful substances, as outlined in Protocol I to MARPOL, have been reflected in the Pollutant Discharge Reporting Regulations, 1995, of the Canada Shipping Act (CSA). These regulations outline when and how ship's masters or owners and the operator of an oil handling facility must report any discharge of a pollutant that occurs or the probability that such a discharge will occur.

Reports are to be made in accordance with either the:

Ships are also required to report the presence of any pollutant in the water under the CSA's Vessel Traffic Services Zones Regulations.

Please refer to the following linked pages for information on civil liability with respect to marine pollution incidents and compensating for response costs.

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