OTTAWA, April 8, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) is concerned with a permit
published by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, as it
could threaten the commercial viability of its members' ships and
impact the operations of the industries they serve.
The EPA's Vessel General Permit applies to the discharge of ballast
water by ships. Although the EPA has aligned its standard for
international shipping with that of the United States Coast Guard, its
application to Canadian domestic vessels calls into question the
scientific basis for the permit.
Canadian ship owners have a reputation for innovation and have invested
over 700 million dollars in construction of 14 new vessels with the
latest in environmental technologies. Despite this investment in the
protection of the marine environment, a technology that will work in
the fresh and cold waters of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway
does not exist. In the near-term, the only reasonable approach is to
treat all domestic vessels equally in all domestic Canadian and US
waters out to the Canadian Exclusive Economic Zone, as the United
States Coast Guard has done in its Rule.
"Our members have tried to find solutions to comply with a problem that
has yet to be quantified clearly with science," said Robert
Lewis-Manning, President of the Canadian Shipowners Association. "We
are calling on the Government of Canada to continue working with us to
develop a flexible, bi-national non-discriminatory regime that will
keep ships sailing while protecting the marine environment."
"Our industry plays an important role in linking Canadian commodities to
continental and global markets and is poised for sustainable growth,"
said Lewis-Manning. "However, this US permit could damage business by
significantly increasing costs, negatively affecting Canadian commodity
movements and Canadian vessel trading patterns, and shifting them to
road and rail."
About the Canadian Shipowners Association
The Canadian Shipowners Association (CSA) represents the interests of
Canadian companies with domestically flagged vessels. The Association
advocates in the development of marine policy, regulations and
operational matters for ship owners operating vessels on the Great
Lakes, St. Lawrence Waterway, the Arctic and the eastern seaboard of
the United States and Canada.
SOURCE: Canadian Shipowners Association
For further information:
Robert Lewis-Manning (613) 232-3539