In a Vancouver Sun opinion piece titled, Has the cruise industry outgrown Vancouver?, Greg Wirtz, President and CEO of Cruise Lines International Assocation, North West and Canada questions the viability of the Port of Vancouver for the cruise sector. The sudden closure of the Ballantyne cruise facility and the increasing size of the cruise ships is causing significant stress on the remaining facility at Canada Place. "The Port’s current plans, focused on optimizing cruise business at Canada Place, will not adequately address current constraints or future opportunities. It’s time for a new plan. The cruise industry is looking to our partners at the Port, in the tourism sector and in government to work with us on a new plan that responds to evolving industry trends — and ensures the city, the region and the province can continue to share in the benefits of this popular and growing industry." This Saturday 14,000 passengers are expected to embark or disembark at Canada Place.