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Monday, January 18, 2021

Canadian Shipowners Association News

Bruce Burrows (Photo: CMC)

Burrows Named President of Chamber of Marine Commerce

The board of directors of the Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) has appointed Bruce R. Burrows as President, effective December 1, 2016. Burrows joins the Chamber as the bi-national industry association enters a new chapter, having recently completed a merger with the Canadian Shipowners Association in September. Burrows brings almost 35 years of government relations, business development and consensus-building expertise to the position, with senior leadership roles in the commercial transportation and industry association sectors.

Raymond Johnston (Photo: Chamber of Marine Commerce)

Chamber of Marine Commerce Taps Johnston as Interim President

The board of directors of the Chamber of Marine Commerce has appointed Raymond Johnston as interim President, effective October 1, 2016. Johnston will oversee the implementation of the merger between the Chamber of Marine Commerce and the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) announced last week and will lead the association until the recruitment process for a new president is completed. Under the terms of the merger agreement, the Chamber of Marine Commerce and the CSA will be…

The Baie St. Paul discharges stone in August 2015 at the construction site of the new Champlain Bridge in Montreal. (Photo: Canada Steamship Lines/Mario Faubert)

Merger Unites Canada/US Shipping Voices

The Chamber of Marine Commerce will assume the assets, liabilities and staff of the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) following a new merger agreement that aims to create a united voice for commercial shipping in Canada and the United States. “We’re uniting two organizations that have successfully promoted the interests of commercial marine shipping for many decades,” said Wayne Smith, Chairman of the Chamber of Marine Commerce. “One of our common objectives is to foster a harmonized and efficient regulatory climate throughout the bi-national Great Lakes and St.

Coastal Inspiration (Photo courtesy of BC Ferries)

For Ferries, Commercial Light at End of Regulatory Tunnel

A review of the ferry industry’s latest challenges and opportunities attracted a record 340 delegates to Vancouver last week for the 39th annual Interferry conference. The global trade association event exposed a string of concerns – notably over punitive safety and environmental regulations – but also highlighted the financial potential of new routes, onboard shopping incentives and the use of LNG fuel. Alongside sessions on the future of the industry, Canada-based CEO Len Roueche outlined a vision for maintaining Interferry’s influential lobbying role among politicians and regulators.

Robert Lewis-Manning: Photo CSA

Canadian Shipowners Applaud Government's Icebreaker Response

The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) says it is extremely pleased that the Government of Canada is responding to the need for additional icebreaking support on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Waterway, as with another icebreaker, key cargo such as wheat, will move to market quicker. "This is an important move by the Canadian Government to support the Canadian short sea shipping industry on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Waterway," said Robert Lewis-Manning, President of the Canadian Shipowners Association.

Lack of Ice-Breakers Delays Great Lakes Shipping

With the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway facing the thickest and broadest ice cover in years, the Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) is extremely concerned that Canada's ice-breakers will not be able to create and maintain the routes needed to move key cargo to Canadian and American industries. The Canadian Coast Guard is doing its utmost to work with resources across a large geographical area subject to heavy ice, but this situation is rippling into Canada's transportation and economic system.

Carter Joins St. Lawrence Seaway Board

The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) announced that Gerald Carter has been appointed to its Board for a three-year term. He replaces Ralph Mercier as the representative for the Québec Provincial Government. Gerald Carter comes to the Seaway with a long history in marine transportation . He is a past President of Canada Steamship Lines Inc. (CSL), a major player in the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence Seaway system. Mr. Carter joined CSL in the early 1990s as Director of Information Systems.