Maritime Spill Incident Intervention Policies and Approaches
Project Duration
April 2014
December 2015
Research Priority Area
Environmental Impact of Maritime Activities
Project Website

A Worldwide Review of Maritime Spill Incidents Intervention Policies and Approaches (MSIIPA) research project will examine critical time frames and desired interventions to prevent a full response effort as well as plans and protocols.

The project will entail both an operational review of recent Canadian “near spill” incidents and the strategies/policies of a number of developed nations (i.e. UK, Sweden, Germany, and USA) respecting near spill incidence prevention, examining the causal failures that created near spill accidents and potentially costly pollution events.

A report on this subject will provide an inventory of options for Transport Canada to consider in establishing strategies to serve effectively in a multi-jurisdictional legal, regulatory, and policy environment.

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Principal Investigator
Larry Hildebrand
WMU Adjunct Professor and Special Advisor for the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute
Co-principal investigator
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Project Officer
Tafsir Matin Johansson
Assistant Professor (Research/Ocean Sustainability, Governance & Management)