The 2014 study Safety Profile of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System provides the first comprehensive safety framework and safety performance across the entire binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System. The report provides an account of the key elements of the safety framework currently in place throughout the binational navigation system - from regulations and the role of government, vessel construction and inspection, and mariner training - to shipowner and workplace safety programs, advanced navigation technology and emergency response capabilities. The report provides the navigation community, transportation planners, government policy makers and the general public with a statistical assessment of the safety performance and spills record of vessels operating in these waters.
The Great Lakes-Seaway marine system operates under a well-established safety framework, has coordinated binational response programs and procedures in place, and its operators have demonstrated an exemplary safety record. Great Lakes-Seaway overseers and operators have shown initiative in devleoping safety training programs and leadership in testing and adopting new technologies. The vessels operating on the Seaway were found to exceed the safety performance of other freight transport modes, in both safe transportation and employee workplace safety.
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