The Government of Canada has awarded a contract to marine and engineering consultancy London Offshore Consultants to determine the safety and economic viability of its waterways.
Under the terms of the contract, London Offshore Consultants will develop a risk assessment methodology concerning all ‘vessels of concern’ in Canadian waters or on Crown land.
The methodology will include all the abandoned, wrecked or dilapidated vessels.
Expected to be delivered later this year, the risk assessment methodology is expected to help the Canadian Coast Guard to determine the level of risks posed by these vessels to the environment, public safety and the economy.
The methodology is expected to devise a strategy to protect marine ecosystems.
The C$551,554 contract award is part of the government’s C$1.5bn ($1.13bn) Oceans Protection Plan to preserve and safeguard Canada’s waterways, coasts and waterways.
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Canada Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson said: “This contract award further enhances the Canadian Coast Guard’s ability to assess the risks posed by wrecked or abandoned vessels in our waterways and to help prioritise our operations.
“This is another example of an investment under the Oceans Protection Plan that will help keep our waters cleaner, healthier and safer for generations to come.”
To carry out the work, London Offshore Consultants has partnered with Dillon Consulting, which has experience in risk assessment methodology development.
Canada Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility Carla Qualtrough said: “Our government is committed to ensuring that the women and men of the Canadian Coast Guard have the tools required to help protect Canada’s waters and shorelines.”