All tankers of 150 gross tonnes and all other vessels over 400 gross tonnes destined to a Canadian port must ensure that they have a valid contractual arrangement in place with the certified oil spill response organization in their region prior to arrival in Canadian waters. Groups of vessels, towed or pushed, that are 150 gross tonnage or more in aggregate and carry oil as cargo must also have an arrangement in place.
The certified response organization on Canada’s West Coast is Western Canada Marine Response Corporation and the reference to this requirement falls under the Canada Shipping Act 2001 in Part 8 – Pollution Prevention and Response 167(1).
Every prescribed vessel must have:
Further details in TP 14909E – Environmental Response Standards.
All seagoing vessels operating in Canadian waters, including the territorial sea, inland waterways and the exclusive economic zone may require one or more certificates depending on the nature of the vessel:
For more information on the requirements noted above, view Transport Canada’s FAQs.