December 23, 2009 11:44 ET

Government of Canada to Enhance Pacific Coast Pilotage Operations

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 23, 2009) - Canada's Transport Minister John Baird today announced new regulatory amendments to help the Pacific Pilotage Authority meet its mandate of providing a safe and efficient marine pilotage service on the Pacific coast of Canada.

"The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring our marine transportation systems are safe for Canadians," said Baird. "These changes will enhance safety, and also improve efficiency and provide better service at B.C. ports."

Key highlights of the Regulations Amending the Pacific Pilotage Regulations include increasing the minimum tonnage from 350 to 500 gross tons for recreational boats that require compulsory pilotage, and keeping the Pine Island Pilot Station open year-round rather than only in summer.

"These amendments reflect the changing marine environment and respond to requests from the shipping community on the Pacific coast," added the Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport).

The Pacific Pilotage Authority is a financially autonomous Crown corporation whose role is to establish, operate, maintain and administer, in the interest of safety, an efficient pilotage service in all British Columbia waters, including the Fraser River.

The Regulations Amending the Pacific Pilotage Regulations were pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on September 12, 2009, and no comments or notices of objection were received. The amendments came into effect on December 11, 2009, and were published in the Canada Gazette, Part II, on December 23, 2009.

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Contact Information

  • James Kusie
    Director, Issues Management
    Office of Canada's Transport Minister John Baird
    Media Relations
    Transport Canada, Ottawa