Protecting Canadian Waters from Oil Spills - Infographic

Protecting Canadian Waters from Oil Spills: The people and systems that keep our communities, marine environments and wildlife safe. Aerial pollution patrols: The National Aerial Surveillance Program deters pollution by watching over ships. Equipment can detect as little as one litre of oil spilled. Preparedness: Response organizations keep equipment in strategic locations, to respond quickly in the event of a spill. Marine pilots: Certified local marine pilots control tankers in harbours and busy waterways. Mandatory double hulls: Double hull tankers have two watertight layers on the bottom and sides of the ship. They reduce the chance of a spill and slow leakage if both layers are ever breached. Advanced planning: All tankers must have on board: up-to-date nautical charts, a passage plan for each trip, an oil pollution emergency plan. Navigational aids: Buoys and lights warn of obstructions and mark shipping routes. Marine inspectors: Inspectors check ships, looking at the ship’s structure, emergency systems, communications equipment, handling of dangerous goods and many other safety features. Tug escorts: Tug boats escort loaded tankers through designated areas.

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