Ottawa pledges $20 M for tanker safety to UVic's Smart Ocean Program

October 16, 2014

The federal government has pledged $20 M over 3 years to the University of Victoria’s Smart Ocean initiative in order to help build a “world-class tanker safety system.” The program will use oceanographic data collected at UVic to help prevent marine oil spills and enhance navigation safety. “The goal of the Smart Ocean Initiative is to help prevent marine accidents, predict and warn of natural hazards, and improve overall marine situational awareness near Port Metro Vancouver, Campbell River, Kitimat, the Douglas Channel, and Prince Rupert,” the government said in a news release. Kate Moran, President of Ocean Networks Canada, which runs the Smart Ocean initiative, said, “the contribution announced today by the government of Canada will enable Ocean Networks Canada to continue operations of its world-leading ocean observing infrastructure and to harness its science and research capacity for the benefit of Canadians through enhanced marine and public safety, and increased environmental monitoring.” Canada New Release | Times-Colonist