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Garneau announces review of Canada Port Authorities


2018-03-12

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

From the Port of Vancouver, Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced a review of Canada Port Authorities to optimize their role in the transportation system as strategic assets that support inclusive and sustainable growth and trade. Through a series of round tables and meetings, this review will include engagement activities with Indigenous peoples, Canada Port Authorities, provincial governments, municipalities, broader domestic and international marine sector stakeholders, and Canadians.

"Canada's ports play a significant role in the lives of Canadians," Mr. Garneau said. "They link our companies to global markets, support competitiveness, and contribute to the economic activity of our communities. Even for Canadians living inland, many of the jobs that support middle-class families, and the products they use every day, depend on Canada's ports and waterways.

"The current port system has served Canada well in supporting regional economic development and international commerce. However, a lot has changed since Canada Port Authorities were established 20 years ago. This change is expected to continue at an ever increasing pace. This is why we need to re-examine the Canada Port Authority system to ensure Canada is always well positioned to innovate and compete for years to come."

Created in 1998 to operate on a commercial basis at arm's length from the federal government, the 18 Canada Ports Authorities (CPA), including Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax and Prince Rupert, handle more than 60% of Canada's commercial cargo volume.

"In addition to greater funding and financial flexibility, CPAs are also looking in a broader sense  for support as they adapt to a changing global environment that includes such developments as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Canada's free trade agreement with the European Union, blockchain data management and artificial intelligence," said Wendy Zatylny, President and CEO of the Association of Canadian Ports Authorities.

The findings of the review, expected in 2019, will identify potential policy, legislative and regulatory changes to help Canada Port Authorities to consolidate their position as key players in the Canadian economy. (Photo Port of Vancouver)

 
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