Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia Welcomes Tanker Safety News

METRO VANCOUVER, March 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia warmly welcomes the announcement today of the decision of the Government of Canada to establish an expert panel to review what more can be done to enhance tanker safety on the coastlines of Canada. Equally, we welcome the announcement that the mandate of the panel will extend to a review of legislation governing oil spill response and preparedness across Canada involving both government and private sector stakeholders.

In so doing, Canada is signaling to all Canadians, and to the world, our collective serious intent to ensure that standards of safety on our coastlines are leading edge and that no matter how small the likelihood of an incident involving spillage of oil or other potential contaminant, we will be fully prepared.

Safety of shipping in all its forms has always been, and will continue to be, the first priority of the marine industry in British Columbia. However, no matter how impressive the record, we will always seek to improve. The membership of the Chamber of Shipping therefore looks forward to full participation in the review and ultimately to the adoption of even higher vessel operational standards and preparedness than already exists today.

Capt. Stephen Brown
Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia

The Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia (COSBC)

The Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia (COSBC) represents the full spectrum of international and domestic shipping related interests in Western Canada including but not limited to international and domestic ship owners, BC Ferries, vessel agency companies, cargo interests, terminal interests, cruise lines, port authorities, marine pilotage and towage, maritime lawyers, marine support and service companies.

SOURCE: Port Metro Vancouver

For further information:

Capt. Stephen Brown
Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia
(604) 681-2351

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