1. When the Trans Mountain expansion project is complete how many additional tankers will be using the facility in Burnaby each year?
With the expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline and associated dock facilities, tanker traffic calling at our Westridge Marine Terminal will increase from approximately 5 per month to 1 per day. Forecasting shows this will account for about 6.6 percent of all large commercial vessels trading in the region.
2. Who owns these tankers and where are they registered?
In the same way a highway does not own the cars travelling on it, Trans Mountain does not own the product it transports. This means we are only contracted by our shippers to move their products through our pipeline and therefore do not contract the tankers that call at Westridge Marine Terminal. Our shippers contract tankers directly to ship their products. The Pacific Pilotage Authority publishes traffic reports for the Port of Vancouver on their website that detail the shipping agency and vessel flag. You can access this information on their website at http://www.ppa.gc.ca/text/index-e.html.
All ships calling at Westridge Terminal must pass various inspections and meet the strict regulations established by the International Maritime Organization. Ships calling at Westridge Terminal are built according to regulations established by the International Maritime Organization
and the vessel's flag state. The ship's construction is documented and enforced by the classification society (a non-governmental organization that establishes and maintains technical standards for the construction and operation of ships and offshore structures). To meet these requirements, tankers are built with double hulls sub-divided into smaller tanks, segregated cargo tanks and a variety of other modern safety precautions. Canada, as a signatory, has adopted the above rules.
Additionally, vessels are inspected by Transport Canada who administers Canada's program for Port State Control. Canada is a signatory to international conventions on Port State Control which ensure a consistent inspection regime and sharing of inspection reports among signatory countries. Under these conventions Transport Canada inspectors have access to and share vessel inspections with other signatory countries so a vessel's performance can be tracked.
All seafarers are trained before being issued certificates of competency in accordance with International Maritime Organization requirements.
You can learn more about the marine safety regime here.