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New Pilot Boats for Halifax and Saint John

New pilot boats for Halifax and Saint John are one step closer to reality. On February 7th 2011, a contract was signed between the Atlantic Pilotage Authority and ABCO Industries of Lunenburg, NS to build the two new boats.

Hebridean Pilot Boat Commemoration

Seventy years ago, shortly before midnight on March 28th 1940, a collision occurred between the British steam freighter, Esmond, and the Hebridean pilot boat of Herring Cove. Nine of the Hebridean’s crew members were lost with no trace ever found of the crew or their vessel.

In recognition of this tragic event, the Atlantic Pilotage Authority is dedicating a commemorative plaque to the community of Herring Cove. This plaque will be placed within a pedestal monument in a small park setting near the breakwater at the head of the cove, to be named “Hebridean Park”.

Minister of State for Transport pays visit to Atlantic Pilotage Authority

The Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State for Transport, visited the head office of the Atlantic Pilotage Authority (APA) on August 11th. This familiarization tour included a discussion of the Authority’s current issues, a briefing on its long-term plans, and tour of Halifax Harbour on one of the Authority’s pilot boats.

“It’s important for Crown Corporations to have a good working relationship with the Minister responsible, and I thank Minister Merrifield for his support and continued interest in the Authority’s operations.” said Tom Calkin, APA Chair.

“Having Minister Merrifield here in Halifax provided us with a wonderful opportunity to discuss certain issues, share our plans for the future and to show him first hand how our operations work. It was a beneficial visit.” said Anthony McGuinness, APA Chief Executive Officer.

Reappointment to the Board

We are pleased to announce that on February 10 2010, the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable John Baird, reappointed Mr. William Charles Rooney, of Morell, Prince Edward Island, as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Pilotage Authority, for a term of four years.

Saint John, New Brunswick Pilot Boat Service Request for Expressions of Interest

The Atlantic Pilotage Authority (the Authority) is a federal Crown Corporation responsible for providing marine pilotage within Atlantic Canada. The Authority operates on a self sustaining financial basis without receiving funding from government.

The Authority has jurisdiction over seventeen compulsory pilotage areas, and employs licenced marine pilots to provide pilotage within these areas. Pilot boats are utilized to transport pilots to and from ships entering and leaving compulsory ports. The Authority utilizes a variety of methods to provide these pilot boat services; in some ports, the Authority owns boats and employs crews to operate them; in some ports, the Authority owns boats but contracts with a private company to provide the crews to operate the boats; and in other ports, a private contractor provides both boats and crews to the Authority.

Reappointment to the Board

We are pleased to announce that on December 1st 2009, the Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable John Baird, reappointed Mr. Tom Calkin, of Bedford, Nova Scotia, as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic Pilotage Authority, for a period of two years.

Mr. Calkin holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. He is a certified management consultant and a member of the Nova Scotia Association of Professional Engineers. Since 1988, Mr. Calkin has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Duncan Thomas & Associates, a company that specializes in corporate restructuring and merchant banking services. From 1980 until 1988, Mr. Calkin served as Vice-President, Western Region, of Stevenson Kellogg Ernst & Whinney, a management consulting firm. Mr. Calkin’s extensive board experience includes a term as Chair of the Nova Scotia Enterprise Development Board and he is currently Chair of the Halifax Harbour Bridges.

New Appointments to the Board

Three of the Authority’s Board Members’ terms have recently expired:

Captain Don Duffy, Pilot Representative from Saint John, NB;
Yvon Dufour, Industry Representative from Halifax, NS; and
Captain Ian Swan, Pilot Representative from Halifax, NS

We thank them for the many contributions they have made to the Authority.

Atlantic Pilotage Authority Holds First Annual Public Meeting

The Atlantic Pilotage Authority held its first Annual Public Meeting on June 9th, 2009, in Saint John, New Brunswick. The Authority gave a presentation of their 2008 financial results and strategic direction to attendees from the Port of Saint John and other interested stakeholders.

The Authority will hold future Annual Public Meetings at locations throughout the Atlantic Provinces. We would like to thank all those who attended our inaugural meeting.

Federal Government Takes Action to Protect Canada’s Waters

OTTAWA – The Government of Canada has introduced a regulatory amendment to protect Atlantic waters and improve navigation safety. Canada’s Transport Minister, John Baird, announced today the Regulations Amending the Atlantic Pilotage Authority Regulations, which will help protect the waters surrounding Saint John, New Brunswick, and Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador.