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From: Transport Canada
September 28, 2023
Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, issued this statement on World Maritime Day:
“Today is World Maritime Day—a day to recognize the important role marine transportation and marine workers play in keeping our supply chains and people moving. With the longest coastline in the world, and ports of call in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans, Canada relies heavily on maritime trade and transportation.
“This year’s International Maritime Organization’s World Maritime Day theme—MARPOL at 50: Our commitment goes on—reflects Canada’s long history of protecting the environment from the impacts of shipping and emphasizes our ongoing commitment to this important work. This highlights the critical role that MARPOL (the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships) plays in managing and preventing the pollution of the marine environment by ships—from both operational and accidental causes.
“The MARPOL Convention was first adopted on November 2, 1973, and is part of the foundation of Canada’s participation in the prevention and reduction of ship-source water and air pollution globally. We are taking action in innovative ways to support the work of MARPOL under its six target annexes: oil, noxious liquid substances, harmful substances, sewage, garbage and air. Some examples include:
“The Government of Canada is committed to taking action to protect the marine environment from the impacts of shipping from operational or accidental causes, to keep our oceans clean for the benefit of all Canadians for years to come.”
Office of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa