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Toronto, March 26 2024 – The Ontario Marine Council (OMC) extends its appreciation to Premier Ford and the Ontario government for its commitment to the Ontario marine industry in today’s budget.

 

In October of 2023, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria made a historic announcement at the Great Lakes Governors and Premiers Conference in Cleveland Ohio launching Ontario’s first ever Ontario Marine Transportation Strategy. The inclusion of funding for the province’s shipbuilding industry in today’s budget solidifies the government’s dedication to supporting Ontario marine sector.

 

The Ontario Marine Transportation Strategy, developed in collaboration with industry stakeholders is focused on strengthening an industry that is a critical part of Ontario’s economy. Today’s funding allocation in the budget sets the stage for the province to play a crucial role in ensuring Ontario’s marine sector remains competitive and continues to deliver cargo in the most environmentally sustainable way possible.

 

“We commend Premier Ford, Minister Sarkaria and Parliamentary Assistant to Minister of Transportation Grewal for the advancement of one of our marine priorities. This funding not only demonstrates a commitment to economic prosperity but also underscores the government’s commitment to environmental stewardship and the well-being of Ontario’s communities,” Steve Salmons, Chair of the OMC.

 

“The funding allocated in the 2024 Ontario budget will enable us to accelerate the
implementation of one key initiative outlined in the Ontario Marine Transportation Strategy. We look forward to working closely with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, industry partners, and stakeholders to drive positive change and ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for Ontario’s marine sector,” Maguessa Morel-Laforce, OMC Executive Director

 

For media inquiries or further information, please contact:

Maguessa Morel-Laforce
OMC Executive Director
mmorel-laforce@cmc-ccm.com
819 592 3757

 

About the Ontario Marine Council:
The Ontario Marine Council is an industry association representing the major stakeholders in Ontario’s marine sectors. Our membership includes Port Operators, Shipyards, Ship Owners, and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

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Toronto, January 16, 2024 – The Ontario Marine Council (OMC) proudly announces the release of its inaugural Strategic Plan, outlining a visionary roadmap of the province’s marine industry over the next 5 years. The plan, titled “Navigating Ontario’s Marine Industry Towards Greater Prosperity,” is a collaborative effort by industry leaders and stakeholders dedicated to advancing the economic, environmental, and social potential of the marine sector.

 

Steve Salmons, Chair of the OMC and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority, expressed the OMC’s commitment to fostering collaboration and sustainable growth within the marine industry, “Our vision is to position the marine industry as a key solution to economic and environmental challenges, and our strategic plan outlines key priorities that will guide us on this journey.”

 

The OMC’s inclusive approach involves stakeholders from ship operators, ports, shipyards, terminal operators, cities, ferry operators, and marine-focused suppliers. This collaboration aims to pool resources and knowledge to create a cohesive vision for the industry and communicate opportunities to governments.

 

Key priorities outlined in the plan focus on increasing awareness of the industry’s importance, advocating for a balanced modal shift to marine, improving infrastructure, supporting the marine workforce, and promoting environmental sustainability. With the release of its Strategic Plan, the OMC aims to establish a strategic presence and align its actions with the first ever Ontario Marine Transportation Strategy launched this past fall by the Minister of Transportation, the Honourable Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria.

 

Maguessa Morel-Laforce, OMC Executive Director, said, “The OMC urges industry stakeholders, government bodies, and the public to join together in realizing the ambitious goals outlined in the plan. By doing so, Ontario’s marine industry can thrive, contribute to economic development, embrace sustainability, and provide rewarding career opportunities.

 

The plan is available in both English and French.

 

For further information, please visit ontariomarinecouncil.com or follow @ontariomarine on social media.

 

About the Ontario Marine Council:
The OMC brings together marine industry stakeholders to advance government policies and program, aiming to build a resilient, environmentally sustainable, and competitive supply chain. The OMC is dedicated to fostering collaboration for the prosperity and growth of Ontario’s marine industry.

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Today, during a virtual press conference, Hardeep Singh Grewal, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation, and Steve Salmons, President and CEO of Windsor Port Authority and Chair of the Ontario Marine Council (the “OMC”), announced the release of a comprehensive independent study of the economic impacts of Ontario’s marine industry in 2022.

 

Titled “Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Province of Ontario,”
the study identifies the economic impacts created by all cargo and vessel
activity in Ontario in 2022.

 

The study revealed that last year maritime commerce in Ontario:

  • supported 67,154 jobs;
  • provided $3.95 billion (CAD) in wages;
  • generated $1.95 billion (CAD) in taxes;
  • created $9.6 billion (CAD) in economic activity.

 

Being able to provide such data to the Government of Ontario will help achieve the OMC’s strategic priorities to strengthen

  • the Ontario marine industry’s competitiveness,
  • job creation and training,
  • environmental sustainability, and
  • capacity for economic development and growth,

while also supporting continued growth and success across binational and global markets.

 

The study can be accessed here.

 

The study was developed from a larger project undertaken by a public/private sector committee of American and Canadian maritime organizations. The intent with that larger project was to provide the navigation community, transportation planners, government policy makers, and the public with a credible, independent assessment of the economic contributions made by commercial maritime shipping throughout North America.

 

The industry’s vital contributions to jobs and wages, supply chain strength, business competitiveness across key commodities, and tax revenues provide strong rationale for major governmental initiatives aimed at strengthening marine’s multimodal networks, supporting infrastructure and economic development, investing in education, labour, and training, and greening marine transportation. Such initiatives include the recent release of the first ever Ontario Marine Transportation Strategy by the Government of Ontario.

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Quotes

“Clearly, marine shipping on the Great Lakes – St Lawrence Seaway System drives the heartbeat of the economy in Ontario. Our industry offers the most reliable and sustainable mode of moving what matters in North America. That includes grain, salt, cement, iron ore, construction materials, petroleum, and steel products – all of which are central to our quality of life and to the needs of consumers around the world. I am eager to build on this strength and create opportunities, in partnership with the Government of Ontario, in the near future.”

– Steve Salmons, President & CEO of Windsor Port Authority and Chair of the Ontario Marine Council.

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Media Contact:

Maguessa Morel-Laforce
Ontario Marine Council
mmorel-laforce@cmc-ccm.com
819 592-3757

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BACKGROUNDER

Study Author: Martin Associates

Martin Associates (John C. Martin Associates, LLC) is an internationally recognized economic and transportation consulting firm. Since its founding in 1986 by Dr. John C. Martin, Martin Associates has conducted more than 1,500 economic and planning studies for nearly every port in the United States and Canada, as well as ports in China, Europe, Ireland, South America, and the Caribbean. (https://johncmartinassociates.com/)

 

Study Sponsors

Martin Associates was retained to perform a comprehensive economic analysis of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system by a coalition of U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes and St. Lawrence marine industry stakeholders. Funded by the Ontario Marine Transportation Forum and builds off of the bi-national study issued in July, 2023.

Specifically, the Ontario economic study was sponsored by:

  • The Ontario Marine Council: The Ontario Marine Council is an industry association representing the major stakeholders in Ontario’s marine sectors. Our membership includes Port Operators, Shipyards, Ship Owners, and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.
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The Ontario Marine Council would like to see immediate action taken by the Federal government for maritime traffic to resume on the critical canal locks system operated by the St Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

 

The OMC asks Premiers and Ministers of Transport from Ontario and Québec to demand that their federal counterparts take every means at their disposal to end  the strike that cuts Ontario’s maritime gateway to national and international markets.

 

The Seaway supports more than 67,000 thousand jobs, generates 12.3 billion in yearly economic activity by enabling the transport of over 36 million tons of cargo.

 

There are currently approximately 100 vessels directly affected by the strike with more to come. These are fully crewed vessels, loaded with cargo for export for critical industries awaiting to process it. The economic cost of this blockade is millions of dollars per hour. The cost to the Ontario and Canadian economy will grow every day that goes by without a swift resolution.

 

“Beyond its impact on the economy of the Great Lakes region, which the loss to its economic activity increases every day the strikes continues, the long-term impacts will be reputational damage and loss of trust from our international partners.”
– Steve Salmons, Chair of the OMC

 

“Resolving this matter quickly will ensure vital commodities such as grain for export, salt for winter roads, stone, gypsum, and cement for construction, fuel for the aviation industry and heating homes in the winter, aluminum and iron ore for the steel industry continue moving, supporting jobs, and meeting the needs of consumers and industries globally.”
– Maguessa Morel-Laforce, Executive Director, OMC

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About the Ontario Marine Council

The Ontario Marine Council is an industry association representing the major stakeholders in Ontario’s marine sectors. Our membership includes Port Operators, Shipyards, Ship Owners, and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. Our purpose is to ensure Ontario’s marine economy realizes its full economic, environmental and social potential.

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Media Contact:

Maguessa Morel-Laforce
Ontario Marine Council
mmorel-laforce@cmc-ccm.com
819 592-3757

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Groundbreaking Provincial Marine Transportation Strategy Sets the Stage for Economic Growth in Ontario

The Ontario Marine Council congratulates the Government of Ontario for launching The Future of the Great Lakes Economy: Ontario’s Marine Transportation Strategy. The strategy was developed through unprecedented engagement between industry (via the Ontario Marine Council) and political leaders, with the goal of identifying, prioritizing, and planning for opportunities to enhance the province’s position as a
destination, a gateway to North America’s industrial heartland, and a vital link in the global supply chain.

“By developing this strategy in close collaboration with our industry, the Government of Ontario has demonstrated an unprecedented commitment to fostering economic development, strengthening supply chains, supporting jobs, and advancing greater sustainability in the transportation sector,” noted Steve Salmons, President and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority and Chair of the Ontario Marine Council. “I want to thank the Ford Government, Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria and his predecessor Minister Caroline Mulroney, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation Hardeep Singh Grewal, and staff in the Ministry of Transportation for their dedication to this vital initiative.”

The strategy was informed by months of comprehensive consultations with industry and stakeholders that culminated in a first of its kind “Marine Day at Queens Park” event. The Government of Ontario also dedicated a section in the 2023 Provincial Budget to advancing marine shipping priorities, titled Supporting Ontario’s Emerging Marine Transportation Industry, as part of preparing for the launch of the strategy.

“This is a great and historic day for the province of Ontario and the Marine Shipping industry, as this strategy will serve to strengthen the foundation of the province’s economic strength,” said Maguessa Morel-Laforce, Executive Director of the Ontario Marine Council. “The work of implementing the strategy now begins, and the Ontario Marine Council will be there to support that work under the guidance of a multi-year strategic plan that we will be announcing soon. I look forward to continued partnership with the Government of Ontario that creates benefits for Ontarians, as well as businesses and consumers throughout North America.”

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Key Facts

  • The marine sector in Ontario contributes $10 billion in economic activity and $3.9 billion in annual income.
  • Ontario’s marine sector supports over 70,000 jobs, both on ship and on shore.
  • Each year, the marine sector in Ontario handles approximately 61.3 million metric tons of cargo.
  • The marine sector pays its fair share in taxes – helping to support the valuable programs the government of Ontario offers, through an industry contribution of approximately $1.9 billion in municipal, federal and provincial tax revenues.
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About the Ontario Marine Council

The Ontario Marine Council is an industry association representing the major stakeholders in Ontario’s marine sectors. Our membership includes Port Operators, Shipyards, Ship Owners, and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. Our purpose is to ensure Ontario’s marine economy realizes its full economic, environmental and social potential.

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Media Contact:

Maguessa Morel-Laforce
Ontario Marine Council
mmorel-laforce@cmc-ccm.com
819 592-3757

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POSTED ON BEHALF OF THE ONTARIO MARINE COUNCIL: Today, a first of its kind “Marine Day at Queens Park” event was held between the Ontario Marine Council and representatives from all parties within the Government of Ontario, with the goal of advancing economic growth and environmental sustainability.  As Ontario is home to some of the largest commercial ports on the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway, as well as vital ship operating and ship building companies, there are unique opportunities to enhance the province’s position as a destination, a gateway to North America’s industrial heartland, and a vital link in the global supply chain. This unprecedented engagement between industry and political leaders helped identify, prioritize, and plan for these opportunities, which in turn helps inform the development of a first-ever Ontario Marine Transportation Strategy.

 

“Through this event, we have taken another important step in developing government policies and programs that help build a resilient, environmentally sustainable, and competitive supply chain,” noted Steve Salmons, President and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority and Chair of the Ontario Marine Council. “Our industry greatly appreciates the tremendous level of engagement we now have with the Government of Ontario, and looks forward to building on this work in ways that create jobs, achieve environmental goals, and grow the economy.”

 

The Marine Day at Queens Park event continues ongoing engagement by the Ford Government to maximize the economic and environmental benefits offered by the domestic shipping industry and Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway.  That engagement has included comprehensive consultations with industry and other stakeholders over a period of months, and a dedicated section in the 2023 Provincial Budget titled “Supporting Ontario’s Emerging Marine Transportation Industry.” The Honourable Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation Hardeep Singh Grewal will address all attendees at a closing reception to further discuss the government’s vision and commitments.

 

“Marine transportation is the cornerstone of an integrated and reliable supply chain that grows Ontario’s economy, and engagements like this help realize the full potential of our industry” said Maguessa Morel-Laforce, Executive Director of the Ontario Marine Council. “Our industry looks forward to completing the first-ever Ontario Marine Transportation Strategy by the end of this year, and thanks Minister Mulroney, Parliamentary Assistant Grewal, and their department for prioritizing this work.”

 

Key Facts

 

The marine sector in Ontario contributes $10 billion in economic activity and $3.9 billion in annual income.

 

Ontario’s marine sector supports over 70,000 jobs, both on ship and on shore.

 

Each year, the marine sector in Ontario handles approximately 61.3 million metric tons of cargo.

 

The marine sector pays its fair share in taxes – helping to support the valuable programs the government of Ontario offers, through an industry contribution of approximately $1.9 billion in municipal, federal and provincial tax revenues.

 

About the Ontario Marine Council

 

The Ontario Marine Council is an industry association representing the major stakeholders in Ontario’s marine sectors. Our membership includes Port Operators, Shipyards, Ship Owners, and the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. Our purpose is to ensure Ontario’s marine economy realizes its full economic, environmental and social potential.

 

Media Contact:

Maguessa Morel-Laforce

Ontario Marine Council

mmorel-laforce@cmc-ccm.com

819 592 3757

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Independent Study Confirms Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway Shipping Vital to Economic Strength and Development

A comprehensive independent study of the economic impacts of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system for the 2022 shipping season was released today, detailing the billions in economic activity and hundreds of thousands of jobs supported by the industry. Titled “Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region,” the study reviews the industry’s economic impacts from multiple perspectives, and showed that even in a year in which the world was gripped with pandemic challenges, global unrest, and supply chain concerns, marine shipping drove the North American economy forward.

 

The binational study presents results from both a U.S. and Canadian perspective.

 

An analysis of the “Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System” is most relevant to American stakeholders because it focuses on cargo traffic to and from Great Lakes ports. The study showed that from this perspective, 2022 maritime commerce supported:

  • $36 billion (USD) in economic activity;
  • more than 240,000 jobs, which generated almost $18 billion (USD) in wages;
  • the movement of 135.7 million metric tons of raw materials and finished goods; and
  • $6.3 billion (USD) in state and federal taxes.

 

An analysis of the “Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Waterway” is most relevant to Canadian stakeholders in that all Quebec impacts along the St. Lawrence are considered – including those outside the Great Lakes. The study showed that from this perspective, 2022 maritime commerce supported:

  • $66.1 billion (CDN) in economic activity;
  • more than 355,000 jobs that generated more than $30 billion (CDN) in wages;
  • the movement of 252.1 million metric tons of raw materials and finished goods; and
  • $12.8 billion (CDN) in taxes.

 

The English language version of the study can be accessed at https://greatlakes-seaway.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/eco_impact_full_2023_en.pdf

 

The French language of the of the study can be accessed at https:///grandslacs-voiemaritime.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/07/eco_impact_full_2023_fr.pdf

 

The study was requested by a public/private sector committee of American and Canadian maritime organizations, with the intent of providing the navigation community, transportation planners, government policy makers, and the public with a credible, independent assessment of the economic contributions made by commercial maritime shipping in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region throughout North America.  The industry’s vital contributions to jobs and wages, supply chain strength, business competitiveness across key commodities, and tax revenues provide strong rationale for major governmental initiatives aimed at enhancing infrastructure and improving supply chains. This includes the U.S. Government’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act, which were aimed in part at investing in green technologies and infrastructure enhancement, the Canadian Government’s Green Shipping Corridor Program, which will support increased sustainability within the marine sector, and the Canadian Government’s commitment to establish a dedicated Transportation Supply Chain Office to enhance supply chain effectiveness.

 

In addition to the information presented in “Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region,” an additional study detailing the public and private investments made in the Great Lakes -St. Lawerence Seaway System will be released this fall.

 

Information regarding the author of the study and the industry collaboration that led to the study being prepared is included in the backgrounder that follows.

 

Media Contacts:

Jason Card

Chamber of Marine Commerce

jcard@cmc-ccm.com

(613) 447 5401

Steve Fisher

American Great Lakes Ports Association

fisher@greatlakesports.org

(202) 744 3234

 

Quotes

“Every day and in every part of the country, Americans count on goods that move along the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. More than 147,000 jobs in America are supported by commerce on the Seaway, and through the Biden-Harris administration’s infrastructure investments, we’re strengthening these critical supply chains and supporting jobs in communities across America.”

– Pete Buttigieg, U.S. Secretary of Transportation

 

“The Great Lakes St Lawrence Seaway System is a crucial part of our supply chains, moving goods to and from Canada and to our international partners. This study underscores the significance of the Seaway System for Canadians, and for our US neighbours. Our Government’s top priority is supporting our supply chains, including in our marine sector, from the launch of a Canadian Green Shipping Corridors Framework to the creation of a Supply Chain Office, and we will continue to work with industry, including the Chamber of Marine Commerce, to build an economy that works for everyone.”

– The Honourable Omar Alghabra, Minister of Transport

 

“This report bears out what we’ve long known – that the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System is crucial to the U.S. economy.  Not only is marine transportation the single most fuel-efficient and cost-effective way to haul goods from one place to another, but it also supports hundreds of thousands of essential jobs and generates billions of dollars in economic activity.”

– Adam Tindall-Schlicht, Administrator of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

 

“Marine shipping on the Great Lakes / St Lawrence Seaway System supports jobs and provides major benefits to communities across Canada and the United States. Every year this Green Shipping Corridor supports the safe and sustainable passage of vessels shipping the goods that drive the North American economy like grain, cement, ore, construction materials and steel products. This Martin report confirms the strategic importance of the binational St. Lawrence Seaway as an essential link in the supply chain at the heart of trade and commerce.”

– Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

 

BACKGROUNDER

 

Study Author: Martin Associates

Martin Associates (John C. Martin Associates, LLC) is an internationally recognized economic and transportation consulting firm.  Since its founding in 1986 by Dr. John C. Martin, Martin Associates has conducted more than 1,500 economic and planning studies for nearly every port in the United States and Canada, as well as ports in China, Europe, Ireland, South America and the Caribbean. (https://johncmartinassociates.com/)

 

Study Sponsors

Martin Associates was retained to perform a comprehensive economic analysis of the entire Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway navigation system by a coalition of U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes and St. Lawrence marine industry stakeholders.

 

Specifically the study sponsors are:

  • The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (U.S.A): The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (GLS) is a wholly owned government corporation created by statute May 13, 1954, to construct, operate, and maintain that part of the St. Lawrence Seaway between the Port of Montreal and Lake Erie, within the territorial limits of the United States. The mission of the Corporation is to serve the U.S. intermodal and international transportation system by improving the operation and maintenance of a safe, reliable, efficient, and environmentally responsible deep-draft waterway, in cooperation with its Canadian counterpart. (https://www.seaway.dot.gov)
  • The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (Canada): The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation is a not-for-profit corporation responsible for the safe and efficient movement of marine traffic through the Canadian Seaway facilities, which consists of 13 of the 15 locks between Montreal and Lake Erie. The Corporation plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the waterway remains a safe and well-managed system, which it shares with its American counterpart, Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. (https://greatlakes-seaway.com/en)
  • The American Great Lakes Ports Association (U.S.A.): Founded in 1977, the American Great Lakes Ports Association (AGLPA) is an organization representing the interests of commercial ports and port users on the United States side of the Great Lakes. AGLPA works to influence public policies with the goal of fostering maritime commerce and related employment in the Great Lakes region. (https://www.greatlakesports.org)
  • The Chamber of Marine Commerce (Bi-National): Founded in 1959, the Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) is a bi-national, private sector, not-for-profit association representing marine industry stakeholders including ship owners and ship operators, Canadian and U.S. ports, industrial shippers, The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, terminals / elevators / logistics companies, and marine-related service providers. The Chamber advocates for safe, sustainable, harmonized and competitive policy and regulation that recognizes the marine transportation system’s significant advantages in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence, Coastal and Arctic regions. (https://www.marinedelivers.com)
  • The Lake Carriers’ Association (U.S.A): Headquartered in Westlake, Ohio, the Lake Carriers’ Association advocates for its 13 member companies, which operate 43 commercial cargo vessels on the Great Lakes. Its mission is to promote the common interests of U.S.-flag vessel operators on the Great Lakes by creating change and recognition through legislative and regulatory matters. It aims to educate legislators, regulators and the general public on the role of Great Lakes shipping in the American economy and maximize the efficiencies of waterborne commerce in a manner that respects our environment. (https://lcaships.com/)
  • The Shipping Federation of Canada (Canada): Incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1903, the federation is the association that represents and promotes the interests of the owners, operators and agents of ships involved in Canada’s world trade. The Federation’s member companies are involved in all sectors of the shipping industry, including dry bulk, liquid bulk, container and cruise. The Federation’s key activities are to provide advocacy for the ocean shipping industry; offer operational support to its membership; disseminate information to members, governments and the general public; and provide training to members and other industry stakeholders. The Federation’s overall objective is to work towards a safe, efficient, competitive, environmentally sustainable and quality-oriented marine transportation system. (https://www.shipfed.ca/home)
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