As a Transport Canada certified Response Organization, Western Canada Marine Response Corporation’s mandate is to ensure there is a state of preparedness in place and to mitigate the impact when an oil spill occurs. This includes the protection of wildlife, economic and environmental sensitivities, and the safety of both the responders and the public.
In 1995, the Canada Shipping Act was amended to include regulations and standards to protect all navigable waters. It placed restrictions on tankers/barges of 150 tonnes and greater, on all ships 400 tonnes and greater, and on oil handling facilities that receive deliveries from these vessels.
When these changes came into effect, Burrard Clean Operations, then a division of Western Canada Marine Response Corporation, was formed to respond to spills in British Columbia’s navigable waters.
Western Canada Marine Response Corporation’s (WCMRC) customer base (2,000+ members) includes oil handling facilities, barging companies, freighters visiting our ports, ferries, cruise ships, US-bound vessels traveling through Western Canada waters and others including, but not limited to, forest industry facilities, fish camps and float plane companies.
In the event of a marine oil spill, WCMRC may be asked to integrate our team into the response management in a number of ways:
- Training and guiding personnel from the Responsible Party (RP) in selected roles and filling the other Incident Command System (ICS) organizational requirements as needed
- Supporting the RP or government-led agency in selected incident management roles and in the on-water recovery
- Management of all the Incident Command organizational roles on behalf of the RP, allowing them to concentrate on the Incident Commander Role, casualty, financial concerns, community impact and corporate communications. Where applicable, RP personnel would be incorporated into ICS roles