Darr will address lessons learned from maritime accidents such as the Costa Concordia grounding and discuss the 2013 Black Swan emergency response exercise in Freeport, Bahamas, that involved Bahamian emergency management authorities, first responders, government officials, US Coast Guard and cruise lines.
The Saguenay symposium is for regional and provincial officials at ports along the Saint Lawrence who would play a role in the event of a maritime accident, emergency, security risk or disease outbreak.
The event is organized by the Centre du savoir sur mesure at the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and Promotion Saguenay, in collaboration with the Institut maritime du Québec. Partners are Cruise the Saint Lawrence, Port of Saguenay and Port of Sept-Îles.
The symposium is the second of its kind, following the first held in 2013.