Appointment to the Atlantic Pilotage Authority



    OTTAWA, March 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointment
of Captain Ian C. Swan as the Canadian Marine Pilots' Association
representative to the Atlantic Pilotage Authority board of directors, for a
period of four years.
    "I am pleased that Captain Swan has accepted this appointment to the
Atlantic Pilotage Authority," said Minister Cannon. "I am confident that his
extensive training and experience will benefit the Authority governance team
and contribute to the continued safety of our Atlantic ports."
    Captain Swan has handled vessels of many types and sizes since graduating
from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
in 1985. His marine career has included coastal container vessels and tankers,
icebreakers in arctic waters, tanker service among the Americas, and container
service between North America and Europe as well as in the Middle East during
the Gulf War. He has served as Marine Pilot for the Halifax Compulsory
Pilotage Area since 2001, and was awarded an unrestricted Class A pilot
licence for the Halifax Pilotage Area from the Atlantic Pilotage Authority in
2003.
    As an active marine pilot, Captain Swan understands and possesses the
expertise required to navigate and handle all sizes of vessels in proximity to
land and within narrow channels and harbours - assets that he will bring to
this new role.

    The Atlantic Pilotage Authority is a Crown corporation created in 1972
under the Pilotage Act. It is responsible for operating and maintaining a
safe, efficient and economical pilotage service on all coastal waters in the
Atlantic region. The Authority sets pilotage charges that allow it to operate
on a self-sustaining financial basis.




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