Reappointment to St. John's Port Authority

    OTTAWA, Aug. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the reappointment
of Mr. David Joseph Keating to the board of directors of the St. John's Port
Authority for a term of three years.
    "This will be Mr. Keating's second term as a Director on the board of the
St. John's Port Authority," said Minister Cannon. "I am pleased that his
extensive offshore drilling expertise will once again benefit the board."
    Mr. Keating has 33 years of operational and management experience in the
drilling industry in the North Sea, Canada, South America, the United States
and Africa. Over the course of his career, he has also been involved in
shipyard projects around the world that include new builds, major upgrades and
commissioning. He is currently the Sector Manager (Canada) for the
international offshore drilling company Transocean Canada Company.

    The St. John's Port Authority is the Canada Port Authority (CPA)
established to manage the Port of St. John's under the Canada Marine Act. As a
CPA, the St. John's Port Authority benefits from greater management
flexibility, including increased freedom to develop contracts and borrow money
from commercial lenders.

    The Port of St. John's handles about 1.5 million tonnes of cargo
annually. Its facilities handle a variety of ships, including bulk carriers,
roll-on/roll-off vessels, forest products carriers, container ships, tankers
and conventional cargo vessels. In 2006, the port welcomed 17 cruise ships
carrying more than 15,000 passengers.

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