Conversations That Matter features Robert Lewis-Manning, the president of the Chamber of Shipping in B.C., on the state of the industry in the coastal waters of British Columbia.
Lewis-Manning comes to the job after a distinguished career in shipping that includes 24 years in the Canadian navy. He says when it comes to shipping safety on the West Coast and in Canada, the numbers speak for themselves.
“We have a safety record that is among the best in the world and on the West Coast we have the best record in Canada,” Lewis-Manning says. “The reasons why are many. They include, but are not limited to, a culture of safety, a pilotage system that is world-class, guide ships, tugs, traffic control systems and traffic management strategies that focus on environmental protection.
Lewis-Manning says the Port of Vancouver, the Coast Guard, the Pacific Pilotage Authority, the Chamber of Shipping and the shipping companies that generate more than $500 million a day of economic activity all have safety as the No. 1 priority.
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