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Report underlines overall success of Canada's marine safety

2016-04-29

Based in Cornwall, ON, the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority (GLPA) announces a 2.5% increase in pilotage tariffs that will apply in the 2016 commercial navigation season on St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes waters.

Ottawa - A new report released by the Council of Canadian Academies (CCA) focuses on the likelihood of commercial marine shipping accidents in Canada as well as the potential social, economic, and environmental impacts of such accidents.

"Overall, the evidence shows that Canada's waters have been getting safer over the past decade, with fewer commercial marine shipping accidents," said Captain Dr. James R. Parsons, Chair of the Workshop Steering Committee and Academic Director at the Marine Institute of Memorial University. "Commercial marine shipping has benefited from improved traffic control technology, better ship designs, and a strengthened regulatory regime. Accidents do still occur, yet typically do not result in large impacts."

"We are very pleased that the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping approached the CCA to provide expert advice on such an important topic," said Dr. Eric M. Meslin, President and CEO of the CCA.

He noted that the shipping industry has been facing mounting public scrutiny in recent years. "The risks associated with opening the Arctic to greater ship traffic, increasing marine shipments of oil from Canada's oilsands, and the growth in vessel size, especially of containerships, have all contributed to this discussion."

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ACPA annual conference date changed

2016-04-29

The Association of Canadian Port Authorities has revised the date for its 58th Annual Conference and AGM taking place at Thunder Bay on the tip of Lake Superior. It will be held on Sept. 6-9 rather than the Sept. 12-14 dates originally announced.

Theme of the conference is Sea the Superior Way - reflecting the important role of the Great Lakes in fostering trade with overseas markets. The 18 ACPA member ports annually handle more than 312 million tonnes of cargo valued at $400 billion worth of goods. (Photo TBPA)

 
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$35 million funding support for upgrading Montreal cruise facilities

2016-04-26

Based in Cornwall, ON, the Great Lakes Pilotage Authority (GLPA) announces a 2.5% increase in pilotage tariffs that will apply in the 2016 commercial navigation season on St. Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes waters.

Québec Minister of Tourism and Minister responsible for the Mauricie region Julie Boulet, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Land Occupancy, Minister of Public Security, Minister responsible for the Montréal region Martin Coiteux, Minister for Maritime Affairs, Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region Jean D'Amour, and Mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre announced $35 million in financial support to the Montreal Port Authority for upgrading its cruise facilities. The partnership outlined on April 25 makes it possible to restore Alexandra Pier and Iberville Passenger Terminal and provide modern port facilities for the 2017 cruise season.

Last year, Montreal welcomed 91,000 passengers and crewmembers at its cruise terminal. Total cost of the infrastructure project is estimated at $78 million. The City of Montreal is allocating $15 million and the Québec government is contributing $20 million.

"Montreal is one of the main gateways for foreign visitors to Québec," said Minister Julie Boulet. "Today's announcement will enable us to better welcome tourists and in turn consolidate Québec as an original, must-see destination for international and Canadian clienteles as well as Quebecers."

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