16 Jun 2015
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Royal HaskoningDHV and Dillon Consulting Limited, together with MARIN and RPS ASA, have been selected by Transport Canada to develop a methodology and assess the risks of ship-sourced oil spills in Canadian waters.
 
The aim of the study is to develop a geographically focused and in-depth process that is to be implemented in a systematic manner across the country that will allow Transport Canada to answer the following fundamental questions:
  • Where are the most vulnerable areas within Canadian waters in the event of a ship-sourced oil spill, taking into consideration existing spill preparedness and response activities, local geography, environmental sensitivities, and ship traffic volumes?
  • Are existing spill preparedness and response activities sufficient to reduce the inherent risks of a ship-sourced oil spill and if not, what additional measures are necessary?

A total of four areas spread along the Canadian East- and West-Coasts will be part of this risk assessment and oil spill modelling. Royal HaskoningDHV will perform the risk assessments based on 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. MARIN’s SAMSON model 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 four areas will be assessed by 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.

“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."

Lodewijk Meijlink, Royal HaskoningDHV’s project manager, said “This project offers both Dillon Consulting and Royal HaskoningDHV the opportunity to apply the expertise from their organisations as well from their international knowledge networks. The teamwork of Dillon Consulting and Royal HaskoningDHV will enable the connection of unique in-depth expertise of MARIN and RPS ASA, necessary for the development of a risk assessment framework that meets the project goals of Transport Canada. The contract award confirmed our feeling that together we formed the best team for the project.”