OTTAWA, Nov. 18, 2011 /CNW/ - Today Pierre Poilievre, Parliamentary
Secretary to the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities,
met with American industry and political leaders in New York City to
discuss Canada's concerns about the economic and environmental impacts
of upcoming unachievable New York State requirements for ships' ballast
water. Parliamentary Secretary Poilievre's meetings included
discussions with State Senator Diane J. Savino, representatives of the
New York Shipping Association, as well as other meetings with state and
local officials, and marine industry stakeholders.
"Today's meetings focused on the benefits of acting now on Canada's
international approach to ballast water management," said Parliamentary
Secretary Poilievre. "Under the terms of an international convention to which Canada is a party, 68,000 ships worldwide are expected to
install ballast water treatment technology at an estimated cost of $1
million per ship on average. Years of technology development have
produced safe, internationally approved technologies to shield our
shared waters from invasive species."
Canada is concerned that implementing New York's unachievable
requirements will have devastating effects on the economy, while at the
same time delaying environmental protection. If enforced on ships
transiting New York's waters in the St. Lawrence Seaway, they could
affect almost $11 billion in business revenue and over 72,000 jobs in
Canada and the United States. Canada's trade with the Port of New York
and New Jersey would also be stopped.
New York State Senator Diane J. Savino said, "As the New York State
Senator that represents the entrance of New York Harbor, I would like
to thank the Parliamentary Secretary for coming to Staten Island to
discuss with the Albany delegation and local business the issues
surrounding ballast water regulations. Protecting New York's extensive
waterways continues to be a major priority for me. I look forward to
working together with Canada on our common interests to advance
achievable ballast water standards in New York State that will ensure
environmental conservation while promoting jobs and the North American
Mr. Joseph Curto, president of the New York Shipping Association, said,
"The New York Shipping Association shares the position of the
Government of Canada on the ballast water regulations in the State of
New York. We believe there is a need for an achievable federal standard
which will protect both the environment and maritime commerce. We look
forward to co-operating on this important issue."
"Canada values the long-standing co-operation we have enjoyed with the
U.S. in managing our shared waters. The time is now to work together to
find a compatible approach to ballast water regulation that is
practical and protective to the satisfaction of all regulators,"
Parliamentary Secretary Poilievre said.
More information on ballast water can be found at:
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