Friday, 18 January 2019 14:17

Chamber of Marine Commerce Unveils 2019 Government Wish List

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In an effort to make Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and coastal shipping more competitive, the Chamber of Marine Commerce has unveiled a 2019 wish list for legislative and policymakers. Despite an unpredictable business environment of tariff wars and trade negotiations, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes increased almost 7 per cent in 2018, reaching 40.9 million metric tons for the first time since 2007. The wish list seeks to build on that momentum. Items include:

  • Adoption of the Pilotage Review recommendations and support the Government’s commitment to introduce legislative change to the Pilotage Act before the 2019 Canadian federal election.
  • Work towards a common ballast water management standard for the region.
  • Advocate for marine-related investments as Canadian/U.S. governments advance their infrastructure plans.
  • Collaborate with partners to inform policymakers of capabilities and constraints around environmental concerns related to Canada’s Oceans Protection Plan.
  • Continue to encourage governments to recognize that ships are the most fuel-efficient and carbon-friendly way to move goods and an important part of the solution to address climate change.

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