Darryl Anderson and Joe Spears in the paper ‘Regulating Oil Tankers in Canadian Waters‘ explore the policy commitments that govern oil tanker shipping in Canada and how they relate to the west coast marine oil spill preparedness. The outcomes of the current safety and environmental framework that govern bulk oil shipments are discussed.  The research includes a review of the measures that are permitted in legislation to deal with those concerned about oil tanker traffic. The paper concludes by considering how existing commitments affect Canada’s ability to ban oil tanker traffic and the consequences that the policy choices could have on Canadian energy security and international trade interests. The research was published in the Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs (Vol.4, No.1, 2012)

Darryl Anderson and Joe Spears in the paper ‘The Maritime Transport of Canadian Crude‘ provide an analysis of the maritime transport of moving crude oil. The authors explore the economic, social and environmental perspectives that are influencing the public debate. The paper examines the existing regulatory regime and shed insight into the risks and outcomes of the current regulatory framework. The authors “stress test” the existing framework to determine if it is adequate to address the marine transport of bulk oil. The paper was published in the Canadian Transportation Research Forum 47th Annual Proceedings.

West Coast Marine Oil Spill Preparedness Commentary

The Canadian federal government announced the first step towards a World-Class Tanker Safety System on March 18, 2013.  Regarding West Coast marine oil spill preparedness, read the media comments provided by Darryl Anderson, Wave Point Consulting Managing Director.