Marine Pollution Sources and Regulations

Pollution of the marine environment from ships may originate from a variety of sources, including accidental and operational pollution. Accidental pollution may result from the loss of cargo or fuel after a grounding or collision and from minor accidents on board such as a hose breaking or a tank overflowing. Operational pollution results from the discharge of shipboard generated wastes such as garbage, sewage, dirty ballast water and tank washings, as well as from engine exhaust and tank venting emissions.

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Oil spill

In Canada, regulatory action has focused on a number of key areas of marine pollution. Please select the links below for details on these areas.

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