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.