Dillon to Assess Oil Spills in Canadian Waters


Royal HaskoningDHV and Dillon Consulting, together with Marin and RPS ASA, have been selected by Transport Canada to develop a methodology to assess the risks of ship-sourced oil spills in Canadian waters

The aim of the study is to develop a geographically focused process that allows Transport Canada to determine to most vulnerable Canadian waters and the need for additional measures to reduce the risks of a ship-sourced oil spill.

Risk assessment of shipping at sea

Dutch consutlancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV will perform the risk assessments, using the Bowtie analysis method. Based on the risk assessment, a number of scenarios will be chosen as input to the oil spill modelling and response.

The Samsom safety assessment model for shipping at sea, developed by Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (Marin), will provide the input for the assessment with regards to the probability of ship related accidents, damage to the cargo tanks / fuel tanks and the outflow of oil.

The environmental and human sensitivity of the Canadian coastal areas will be assessed by Canadian consultancy firm Dillon Consulting and the oil spill modelling will be performed by RPS ASA.

Dillon Consulting is also responsible for the overall project management and stakeholder engagement, and will additionally coordinate the peer review procedure.

Output of the Samsom model that indicates the vulnerability - high in dark blue - for heavy fuel oil spill in the Dutch section of the North Sea.

Nation wide protection

"This is a unique project for Transport Canada and one that allows them to adopt global best practices in both assessing the risk of accidents and incidents, and the effectiveness of planned mitigation measures to ensure safe transport", said Malcolm Marston, Dillon Consulting’s project manager. "Our team is excited to be working on this assignment as we will be working in partnership with Transport Canada to develop a process that will be adopted across Canada and will help to ensure the safe transport of oil in our waters and further protecting the environment for years to come."

Source: Dutch Water Sector

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