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March 27, 2014
 
 

Government Increasing Monitoring of Ships to Detect Pollution

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Federal Minister of Transport, Lisa Raitt, announced February 19, 2014, new funding to increase the number of flights to monitor and detect pollution from ships in Canada’s waters. The additional funding allows for significantly more flight hours to be logged under the   national Aerial Surveillance Program (NASP) - the government’s primary tool for detecting ship-source pollution.

The surveillance fleet consists of three modernized aircraft strategically placed across the country. The announcement is one of a number of measures that are part of the World- Class Tanker Safety System, announced in March 2013. Transport Canada will also strengthen the current requirements for pollution prevention and response at oil handling facilities, through amendments to the Canada Shipping Act, 2001.

 

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