January 8, 2007

New surveillance aircraft will monitor marine environment to catch polluters

ST JOHN'S, NFLD-A newly-equipped Transport Canada Dash 8 pollution surveillance aircraft, officially launched in St. John's last month, will provide a more advanced level of marine monitoring than ever before, including enhanced ability to track polluters. The Maritime Surveillance System 6000 (MSS 6000), installed at a cost of $4.6 million, will enable the surveillance aircraft to cover a much broader area than was previously possible, day or night, and in more challenging weather conditions, such as low cloud cover. Use of this technology will complement RADARSAT, a satellite observation system that can be used in the detection of oil spilled on the ocean's surface. More information, including radar images taken from the aircraft's first mission, is available on-line at www.marinepollution.gc.ca.

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