Port Metro Vancouver Welcomes First Cruise Ship of the 2009 Season



    METRO VANCOUVER, April 23 /CNW/ - April 24th marks the beginning of the
2009 cruise season in Vancouver. The first cruise ship to call on Port Metro
Vancouver this year is the Balmoral, operated by Norwegian company Fred. Olsen
Cruise Lines, on what is also its first visit to Vancouver.
    The 2009 cruise season will be a busy one for Vancouver, with 35 vessels
making a total of 253 calls, bringing approximately 875,000 passengers to the
city through the Port's Canada Place and Ballantyne cruise terminals. This is
an increase from the 855,000 cruise passengers that came through the Port in
2008.
    "We are very much looking forward to a strong and successful 2009
season," said Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer of Port
Metro Vancouver. "The outlook for this year is quite positive, and in
consideration of current economic conditions that affect the cruise business,
we will be working with our industry partners to enhance our competitive
position going forward."
    2009 will also mark the introduction of shore power at the Canada Place
terminal. This will be the first use of shore power in Canada, and only the
third installation of its type in the world. This environmentally innovative
technology allows cruise ships that have been adapted for its use to
completely shut down their engines and connect to shore-based electrical power
while docked, saving tonnes of fuel and reducing marine diesel and greenhouse
gas emissions. Shore power will be operational for the 2009 cruise season, and
there will be approximately 60 vessel calls utilizing the system.
    Improvements planned for this season to increase efficiencies and enhance
the passenger experience at Vancouver's cruise terminals include better access
to Vancouver-area tours and attractions and improved bus and taxi service. In
addition, the planned opening of the Canada Line rail-based rapid transit
service to Vancouver International Airport is scheduled for later in the
season.

    Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and North America's most
diversified port, trading $75 billion in goods with more than 130 trading
economies annually. Each cruise ship that docks in Vancouver contributes
approximately $2 million to the local economy.





For further information:

For further information: Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate
Communications & Public Affairs, Port Metro Vancouver, Telephone: (604)
665-9069, Cellular: (778) 231-6978, Email:
anne.mcmullin@portmetrovancouver.com

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