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Congress 2008



CMPA Congress 2008


The second CMPA Congress, which had as its theme An Integrated Marine Community, was held in Vancouver from 21 to 25 April, 2008.

With pilots from the United States, Brazil, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and Korea joining their Canadian colleagues at the Congress, the event had a truly international flavour. There was also strong representation from all sectors of the maritime community, including shipowners, port administrators, government officials and suppliers.

The recipient of the CMPA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Marine Safety was Capt. Frank Nicol. Capt. Nicol was recognized for his leadership on a number of important policy and safety issues, especially during his tenure as President of the Shipping Federation of Canada.

Click here to download the official program of the CMPA Congress 2008.





Capt. Gurpreet Singhotta, Head of the International Maritime Organization’s Marine Safety Section, speaking during the Opening Ceremony.




Mr. James Moore, Member of Parliament, Port Moody – Westwood – Port Coquitlam, representing the Government of Canada at the Opening Ceremony.




Capt. Gwee-Bok Lee, President, Korea Maritime Pilots’ Association; Capt. Dieter Bloechl, President, European Maritime Pilots’ Association; Capt. Mike Watson, President, International Maritime Pilots’ Association and President, American Pilots’ Association; Capt. Michel Pouliot, President, Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association; Capt. Ken Robinson, President, B.C. Coast Pilots Corporation; and, Capt. Yong-Han So, Korea Maritime Pilots’ Association, following the « Pilotage Around the World » Session.




Mr. Michael Broad, President, Shipping Federation of Canada; Capt. Larry Wilson, Past President, B.C. Coast Pilots Corporation; and Mr. Doug Towill, Vice-president, Marine Services, Seaspan International.




Capt. Michel Pouliot, President, Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association; Mr. Jeffrey Simpson, National Affairs Columnist, Globe and Mail; Capt. Ken Robinson, President, B.C. Coast Pilots Corporation; Mr. Francis Scarpaleggia, Member of Parliament, Lac Saint-Louis, Liberal Critic for Water; and, Capt. Simon Pelletier, National Vice-president, Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association following the “Environment and Marine Transportation” session.




Presentation of the CMPA Award for Outstading Contribution to Marine Safety to Capt. Frank Nicol, Past President of the Shipping Federation of Canada, by Capt. Michel Pouliot, President, Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association.