Modernizing Marine Liability Regimes to Address the Concerns and Priorities of Indigenous Communities

WWF- Canada contracted Nuka Research to consider how Canada’s ship-source oil spill liability regime addresses claims for the types of losses that Indigenous communities may experience. Nuka Research conducted an extensive literature review and also considered past claims against the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund (SOPF).  The resulting report identifies opportunities to expand and enhance Canada’s … Read more

Marine Incident Preparedness and Response for BC First Nations

Nuka Research has supported a multi-year project to support the implementation of the Reconciliation Framework Agreement for Oceans Governance and Management on behalf of British Columbia First Nations.  We have provided technical support to First Nations from Haida Gwaii, the North Coast, the Central Coast, and North Vancouver Island to develop First Nations marine response … Read more

Council of the Haida Nation – Places of Refuge Exercise

Nuka Research facilitated the development and execution of a virtual Places of Refuge exercise which was sited near Haida Gwaii. The exercise was developed at the request of the Council of the Haida Nation and Transport Canada. It involved over 60 participants from 14 organizations receiving training on the Places of Refuge Contingency Plan, Haida … Read more

Inland Geographic Response Plan Development for the Housatonic and Naugatuck Rivers in Connecticut.

Nuka Research was contracted by the US EPA to work with Connecticut communities and stakeholders around the Housatonic and Naugatuck rivers to develop Geographic Response Plans with input through a workgroup process. This project included the development of 10 GRPS providing workgroup approved oil spill response tactics. These tactics can be used by first responders … Read more

Vessel Traffic Services: Review of Technology, Training, and Protocols

Nuka Research compared the Prince William Sound Vessel Traffic Service to others in the United States, Norway, Singapore, the United Kingdom, and Canada to search for opportunities for improvement to the Prince William Sound system. Nuka Research found that the Prince William Sound system was comparable to the systems in other locations, although with a … Read more

Southeast Alaska Vessel Traffic Study

Nuka Research analyzed vessel activity in Southeast Alaska for the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. The study began with Automated Identification System (AIS) data for 2018, adding research and assumptions regarding vessel fuel capacities of both persistent and non-persistent fuels, as well as fuel barge transport of non-persistent fuel products. The study presents estimated movements … Read more

Arctic Alaska Spill Prevention and Response Primer

Nuka Research developed a primer on marine oil spill prevention and response regulations for Ocean Conservancy. Depending on a whole host of factors, marine operations in Arctic Alaska are subject to laws and regulations from different federal and state agencies. If a spill occurs to marine waters, then the Coast Guard and Alaska Department of … Read more

Adherence to Bering Strait Vessel Routing Measures in 2019

Due to the increasing ship traffic in the Arctic, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) adopted new voluntary routing measures, including recommended routes, precautionary areas, and areas to be avoided in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea Region. To understand the extent to which vessels adhered to these new IMO routing measures in 2019, Nuka Research was … Read more

Shipping Traffic Analysis and Risk Mitigation Measures for the West Coast of Haida Gwaii

On contract to the Council of the Haida Nation, Nuka Research analyzed AIS data and summarized policy options related to offshore vessel routing for the outer coast of Haida Gwaii. Research questions were driven by a multi-stakeholder process led by the Council and Transport Canada under Canada’s Proactive Vessel Management pilot program, with information briefed … Read more

Vessel Traffic in Canada’s Pacific Region

Nuka Research conducted the base analysis for a detailed characterization of commercial vessel movements in western Canadian marine waters.  Using satellite AIS data from 2014-2016, the study portrays vessel movements and corresponding oil movements (both cargo and fuel) across nine passage lines and 10 ports.  Research was conducted to include barge movements, not otherwise tracked … Read more