Our Commitment to Compliance

Seaspan operates in a number of highly regulated industrial sectors, both on and off the water. Some of our regulatory requirements are met by the following :

  • We regularly conduct vessel inspections to ensure all Transport Canada requirements are adhered to.
  • We follow strict regulatory requirements for transporting cargo on our oil, chemical, and rail barges.
  • We collaborate regularly with all regulatory bodies to ensure all of our tugs, ferries, and barges are safe for service.
  • We maintain strict compliance with all onshore regulations surrounding issues from noise and air quality to wastewater.

We are guided by our Best Management Practices as the documented tool to ensure adherence to numerous regulatory requirements.

Spill Prevention and Response


  • Established Spill Contingency Plans and procedures in place at all of our shipyards. All employees are trained and prepared to respond, including external reporting requirements.
  • Regularly scheduled spill response drills with our shipyard employees to test Spill Contingency Plans, including performance reviews and deficiency correction.


  • Master Standing Orders, pre-fuelling checklists, and physical containment in place prior to every fuelling event.
  • Divisional emergency response measures in place along with Shipboard Oil Preparedness Emergency Plans (SOPEPs) for specific sized vessels.
  • Regular emergency response drills and classroom training sessions with our vessel crews.
  • Seaspan often takes part in, and leads joint industry drills such as boom deployment exercises with local refinery customers.

Hazardous Waste Management


  • Protocols to prevent all foreign substances from shipbuilding / repair work from entering the marine environment, including harmful antifouling paint metals.
  • Collect and contain vessel hull wash-water on our floating dry-docks.
  • All hazardous materials and wastes (i.e. contaminated bilge water, waste-oil, waste paints, solvents, and sandblast grit) are managed as per provincial and federal regulation. Licensed vendors collect these materials and ensure responsible end-of-life management at registered disposal or recycling facilities.
  • We own and operate a Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) at one of our North Vancouver shipyards that is strictly regulated under local and provincial jurisdiction. This allows us to treat in-house, and responsibly dispose of, all oily wastewater generated from our marine fleet, and customer ship repair work. In this case, we avoid transporting the liquid waste off-site for management.


  • All hazardous materials generated from vessel operations (waste-oil, contaminated bilge water, waste paints & solvents, batteries, oil-filters etc.) are managed according to provincial and federal regulation. As in the Shipyard division, we use licensed vendors to collect and transport the materials and ensure they do not enter the environment.

Air Quality


  • Compliance with Air Quality regulations and restrictions that cover our spray painting and sandblasting operations – we report and collaborate regularly with municipal, provincial, and federal regulators.
  • We hoard (tarp) vessels or position them in curtained sheds on our shipyards, as applicable. Weather conditions are monitored to ensure optimal blasting and coating operations, this acts to reduce overspray and dust generation.