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Fifth Annual ‘Ports Day’ Is April 5

Fifth Annual ‘Ports Day’ Is April 5

Apr 02, 2020

APRIL 2 – NANAIMO – The Port of Nanaimo will help celebrate Western Hemisphere Ports Day on April 5, the fifth annual recognition of the value of seaports in supply chain continuity and long-term economic stability throughout the western hemisphere.

The Port of Nanaimo is a member of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA), the unified and recognized voice of seaports in Canada, and the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), which created the event five years ago. ACPA states that Canada’s seaports move goods and people to 160 countries around the world, with over 340 million tonnes of cargo, over $200 billion worth of goods, and provides 213,000 direct and indirect jobs and $14 billion in salaries.

Ports Day this year acknowledges the commitment of ports to COVID-19 response and recovery, notes Port of Nanaimo President and CEO Ian Marr, who says “This annual event recognizes the port industry’s role in efficient goods movement, job creation and propelling the economy in nations they serve across the Americas.”
In his March 26 press conference, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recognized ports as a vital link in the country’s supply chains.  “The Prime Minister thanked people for protecting the supply chains, those who work at the ports, on railways and drive trucks,” Marr notes. “These jobs are the ones that keep fresh vegetables, medicine and supplies flowing for the benefit of everyone, including our health care system. It was nice to hear him acknowledge that ports touch everyone’s lives, or as we say it here at the Port of Nanaimo – Local Benefits with Global Reach.”

This year’s Ports Day theme, On The Front Lines, focuses on the current COVID-19 global pandemic response and recovery. It’s a recognition of the dedication, sacrifice and professionalism of the port industry workforce in their collective efforts to slow the spread of coronavirus while ensuring a steady flow of vital goods and services.

“I want to thank DP WorldWestern Stevedoring, the International Longshore & Warehouse Union and all the people within the Port who continue to work and help keep Canada’s economy moving, and remember how important they are to everything,” says Marr, also mentioning SeaspanBC Ferries and others.

“It is the people who work here, whether it be on land or on the water, that help keep our waterfront available as much as possible,” he adds. “When a ship comes into our harbour, our patrol crews are right there, front and centre, and they’re so important. They’re the ones that help ensure the movement of emergency services and personnel throughout our harbour and Island communities.”

Maritime-industry professionals work every day to ensure that cargo and cruise and ferry travelers move efficiently through ports. Through passenger and crew screenings, vessel quarantines and other measures, seaports are committed to ‘flattening the curve’ against COVID-19, both domestically and among their country’s critical trade partners around the world.

“The products we all depend on and goods that are exported primarily move through ports,” Marr adds. “Ports are an indispensable aspect of our lives.”

Seaports throughout North America are honoring the occasion in different ways. . . from calling out individual port employees for their selfless efforts during the COVID-19 crisis and creating ‘Ports Day’ t-shirts for staff to wear, to posting messages on social media of their crisis response efforts and various contributions.

Port of Nanaimo
PO Box 131
Nanaimo, BC   V9R 5K4

Tel: (250) 753-4146