Ottawa – The Chamber of Shipping recognizes the significance of protecting Canada’s oceans, as marine shipping is intrinsically connected to the health of our oceans. Through efforts at the International Maritime Organization and in Canada, positive change is underway to reduce the impact on the environment through advanced ship-design, and reductions of air emissions, aquatic invasive species, and ship generated noise. Likewise, Canada is fortunate to have a robust safety and pollution response framework and is a leader in much of the science and development associated with these efforts.
The Chamber is supportive of recent government initiatives to dedicate scientific resources to improving risk mitigation of shipping and impact on the environment, to strengthen the mandate and capabilities of the Canadian Coast Guard, and to improve the regulatory and pollution response framework.
The Chamber’s President, Robert Lewis-Manning, stated that “a safe, sustainable, and competitive transportation framework is essential to Canada’s prosperity and competitiveness.” Shipping accounts for 90% of goods transported around the world and, in more remote communities in Canada, it provides the necessities of life. Lewis-Manning added, “This must be achieved in a sustainable manner that respects the importance of the ocean and its value to Canadians and Indigenous people.”
The Chamber encourages government leadership in comprehensive marine spatial planning to ensure waterways are managed safely and effectively, and to establish low-impact trade corridors on the land and the sea that enable international and domestic trade safely and efficiently. The Chamber looks forward to engaging in marine spatial planning processes and to working with other stakeholders to achieve a safe, sustainable, and competitive marine transportation framework.
Vancouver, BC – The Council of Canadian Academies released a new report today titled Commercial Marine Shipping Accidents: Understanding the Risks in Canada. The Report concludes that “Canada’s waters as a whole have been getting safer over the past decade, with fewer commercial marine shipping accidents.” Of particular interest in the Report are the conclusions associated with the Pacific Region, which experiences the highest level of shipping activity in Canada while having the lowest accident rate and a relatively lower risk profile.
“This independent research provides a realistic evaluation of the state of our safety framework, which includes a robust international and national regulatory regime and improving industry safety procedures,” remarked Robert Lewis-Manning, the President of the Chamber of Shipping. “While the Report’s conclusions are positive, our industry must continue to strive for improvements to managing risk and reducing its impact on the marine ecosystem.”
The Chamber of Shipping is actively involved in promoting safe and sustainable shipping practices. Robert Lewis-Manning added that “the Report affirms the importance placed on protection of our marine ecosystem by First Nations and coastal communities. We share this priority and will work collaboratively to this end. The Chamber of Shipping applauds the effort of the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping for initiating this workshop and report.”
The Chamber of Shipping is supportive of recent government initiatives to strengthen the mandate and capabilities of the Canadian Coast Guard, to review and strengthen the regulatory and spill response framework, and to dedicate scientific resources to improving risk mitigation of shipping and impact on the environment.
The Chairman, Dave Hill, and the Chamber of Shipping’s Board of Directors are pleased to announce that after an exhaustive search, Robert Lewis-Manning will be the association’s next President in succession to Stephen Brown who earlier this year announced his retirement plans for February 2016.
Robert comes to the Chamber of Shipping direct from the Canadian Shipowners’ Association (CSA) based in Ottawa where he has established key relationships with federal and provincial government decision makers and environmental organizations in his role as President of the CSA since 2010. The CSA’s recent legal challenge with the US ballast water management legislation has demonstrated Robert’s strength and ability in facilitation and advocacy on behalf of the shipping industry at all levels of government.
Robert holds a degree in Political Science and a Masters of Business Administration and is a former senior officer with 24 years of experience in the Royal Canadian Navy where he has also gained extensive international experience in policy roles in the United Kingdom and Canada. He is excited to return to the West Coast where he has maintained a resident in Victoria, BC.
While the Board looks forward to working with Robert, we recognize the expansive role that Stephen leaves behind upon his retirement. Every effort will made to ensure that the transition is seamless and that Robert is well briefed and personally introduced to as many of you as possible prior to Stephen’s departure planned for February 26, 2016 following our Annual General Meeting.
Please join us in welcoming Robert to the Chamber of Shipping and we look forward to your support as we move forward with our transition.