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2018 Government Wish List

As the shipping season gets underway, we have great potential to build on the recent economic momentum and environmental progress of Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and coastal shipping in Canada and the United States.

2017 was a year of significant cargo increases fueled by global economic recovery and new business wins by our members. St. Lawrence Seaway cargo tonnage was up 9%. 

Our industry’s multi-billion-dollar commitment to investing in innovation also continued this past year with new port infrastructure and world-class eco-ships delivering new jobs and environmental protections to communities throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence and eastern and Northern coasts.

With that in mind, it’s imperative that we have efficient and reliable transportation for our customers and that we don’t run into unnecessary roadblocks.

The CMC’s priority list of areas to address in 2018 include:

  • A harmonized and efficient regulatory climate on both sides of the Cda/US border, with one of the top priorities to have one ballast water solution for the region that is environmentally protective and operationally and economically achievable.
  • Federal governments play a critical role in investing in national infrastructure that all of us depend on either directly or indirectly for our well-being and livelihoods – such as upgrading Coast Guard ships, ports and waterways like the St. Lawrence Seaway and other channels.  Governments on both sides of the border have made public infrastructure investments a prominent part of their political platforms during the past two years. Now is the time for marine to secure its fair share.
  • The Pilotage Act in Canada is currently under review and it is critical that key areas are reformed, including governance and the need for modernization to account for the impact of new technologies on pilotage services and costs. The CMC is looking for a positive report from Review Chair Marc Gregoire and that the Government of Canada moves quickly to make significant changes.
  • Reducing carbon emissions remains high on the public and political wish list. The CMC wants 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 climate change. As the shipping industry works hard to reduce its carbon footprint even further, the CMC emphasizes that, similar to the airline industry, marine shipping is an international business and it is vital that we make progress towards one global solution to the challenge of climate change.