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.

Changes to the Board

Departing as a Member of the Authority is Doug Tilley, a Public Interest Representative from St. John’s NL. Mr. Tilley was appointed to the Board on April 13, 2005, and made many contributions, particularly as chair of the Governance and Regulation Committee.

Reappointment to the Board

Jim Stoneman was reappointed to the Board for a term of three years effective May 19th, 2008. Mr. Stoneman, a Shipping Industry Representative, is the President of Atship Services Ltd., and has over 30 years of experience in all aspects of vessel owning, operating, management, and agency.

Regulations Changed to Make Voisey’s Bay a Compulsory Area

In April 2008, the Atlantic Pilotage Authority (APA) created a compulsory pilotage area in the water approaches to Voisey’s Bay, Labrador (the principal port is Edwards Cove in Anaktalak Bay). Voisey’s Bay becomes the seventeenth compulsory pilotage area for the APA. The APA has been monitoring the development of the Voisey’s Bay nickel mine since the late 1990’s. In 2004, the Authority commissioned a risk assessment using the Pilotage Risk Management Methodology (PRMM) in order to assess whether pilotage in this area should become compulsory.

Changes to the Board

Mr.Gerard Fitzpatrick has completed his term as a Member of the Board of the Atlantic Pilotage Authority. Mr. Fitzpatrick was first appointed to the Board on December 11th, 2002. His extensive financial and business background allowed Mr. Fitzpatrick to make a significant contribution to the Board over his two terms. Mr. Fitzpatrick is a Chartered Accountant, and is a partner in Beaton Fitzpatrick Murray of Charlottetown, PEI. He is past chairman of Georgetown Shipyards, the PEI Institute of Chartered Accountants, and the Atlantic School of Chartered Accountancy.

Strait Eagle Launched in the Strait of Canso

The “Strait Eagle”, (formerly the “Placentia Pilot”) has been re-launched in the Strait of Canso. Owned and operated by Superport Marine Services Ltd, the boat has been completely rebuilt after being badly damaged in an accident in Placentia Bay in May 2006.

Christening of Atlantic Pilot

On November 15th, 2007, the “Atlantic Pilot”, was christened in Halifax by Mrs. Debbie Aldrich, wife of Brad Aldrich, President and Refinery Manager at the North Atlantic Oil Refinery in Come-by-Chance, NL. The “Atlantic Pilot” joined her sister vessel “Avalon Pilot” in Placentia Bay, NL by the end of November.