Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness Initiative
The Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness Initiative has been included as an accommodation measure to provide Indigenous groups with near real-time information on maritime activity in local waters through a user-friendly Web platform.
Announcements on the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness Initiative
|July 6, 2020||Government of Canada announces three new pilot hosts to develop and test a maritime information system|
|July 23, 2019||Government of Canada extends pilot project to develop maritime information system for coastal communities|
|March 8, 2019||Government of Canada and 10 Indigenous coastal communities select developer for maritime awareness information system|
Status: Pilot funding closed, access to Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness Initiative system available
The pilot project system was launched in 10 Indigenous groups across Canada in May 2019. Pilot host groups have been working in partnership with Transport Canada to develop, test and evaluate the system.
In December 2019, three additional partners were selected to join the project through a collaborative selection process. These three additional partners are: Scianew First Nation, Malahat First Nation and Tseycum First Nation.
While pilot partners have already been selected, all Indigenous groups along the TMX marine shipping route are offered Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness Initiative accounts, including training and technical support to employ the initiative’s system for their specific priorities and requirements.
How does this connect to other initiatives?
The Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness Initiative is directly linked to the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) Recommendation 12: Preventing Marine Collisions and Recommendation 13: Accelerate the Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness Initiative and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS).
The initiative’s system has the potential to reflect information and tools related to the Salish Sea Initiative, Co-Developing Community Response and the Marine Safety Equipment and Training Initiative.
The Enhanced Maritime Situational Awareness Initiative is also part of the Ocean Protections Plan.
Lead department: Transport Canada
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