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December 06, 2018

Shipping Federation says Canada's port modernization must move forward

The Shipping Federation of Canada issued a a number of recommendations to Transport Canada on the Ports Modernization Review, adding an ocean shipping perspective for modernizing the system.

The Federation recommends modernizing the current port governance structure by making it part of a broader national transportation policy that views ports from a trade corridor and national interest perspective.

It also suggests strengthening the mechanism for reviewing the user fees established by Canada Port Authorities by providing that such fees can be appealed on the grounds that they are prejudicial to the public interest.

Establishing a comprehensive national strategy for developing a green ship incentive program for Canada Port Authorities across the country was also a consideration of the Federation's submission.

It also recommends working with ports to develop and implement digital platforms that facilitate the electronic submission of data by multiple trade chain partners via a single portal (e.g. port community systems, maritime single window).

Source: Shipping Federation of Canada