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Ships that transit Canadian waters are required to have a shipboard oil pollution emergency plan, as well as an arrangement with a certified response organization that would respond to a spill on the polluter's behalf. Response organizations are certified every three years by Transport Canada.
In addition, oil handling facilities or anyone who loads and unloads oil and oil products are required to have an oil pollution emergency plan, as well as response equipment on site during the transfer.
Oil handling facilities and ships both pay an annual fee to response organizations to maintain the level of preparedness to respond to a spill in the event that they have one. It is based on a partnership with industry.
Under the Canada Shipping Act, 2001, the Response Organizations and Oil Handling Facilities Regulations outline the procedures, equipment and resources of response organizations and oil handling facilities for use in respect of an oil pollution incident. The Response Organization Standards, TP 12401, outline the parameters within which these organizations must respond.
In Canada, there are four certified response agencies. The map below indicates the areas for which each of these agencies is responsible:
Atlantic Emergency Response Team (ALERT):
350 Bayside Dr.
Saint John, NB
Telephone: (506) 202-4499
Eastern Canada Response Corporation Ltd.:
1201 - 275 Slater Street
Telephone: (613) 230-7369
Fax: (613) 230-7344
Point Tupper Marine Services Ltd. (PTMS):
Point Tuppers, NS
Telephone: (902) 625-1711
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