Canada’s Chamber of Shipping and the US-based Pacific Merchant Shipping Association has announced their joint support for continued binational federal leadership in ensuring safe and sustainable shipping on the Salish Sea.
“The Salish Sea is a sensitive ecosystem and, while it plays a crucial role in our economies, ensuring its ecological sustainment and protecting species at risk is a shared responsibility,” Chamber of Shipping said in a release.
The two organisations have urged governments at all levels to respect the commitment made by both countries to international standards through the IMO and to implement and enforce them federally.
“Our comprehensive and interconnected marine safety system is producing remarkable results. Zero spills from cargo vessels in transit is an important ongoing achievement as is the elimination of substandard vessels by Federal port state control inspectors. Additionally, international requirements now include locating fuel tanks away from the hull, the use of improved collision avoidance technology and the transition to cleaner non-persistent diesel fuels or LNG – and there is more to come,” said Captain Mike Moore, vice president of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association.
PMSA represents ocean carriers, agents and container terminal operators on the US west coast engaging in international and domestic trade, while the Chamber of Shipping represents commercial carriers and their agents in Canada which trade internationally and domestically.