The Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC) welcomes the Provincial government’s $1-million commitment for the second year in a row.
B.C. Finance Minister Mike De Jong mentioned the Centre specifically in his Budget Speech:
“Recently, the Wall Street Journal for the first time listed Vancouver amongst the leading global shipping centres and named Vancouver alongside London and Singapore, and the Vancouver International Maritime Centre is already beginning to fulfill its mandate and attract shipping companies to Vancouver.”
The VIMC’s mandate is to encourage global shipping companies to move their operations to Vancouver, bringing high-paid, high-value jobs with them. The city is well-positioned to create the first maritime hub on the west coast of North America, offering competitive tax rates and access to the Asia Pacific Gateway.
Last fall, Singapore-based AAL opened an office in Vancouver, with the support of the VMIC.
VIMC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KAITY ARSONIADIS-STEIN CHRISTENS SAAM SMIT TOWAGE SST CAPILANO
Yesterday, VIMC Executive Director Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, along with Jewel Jacobs of the Squamish First Nation, were given the honour of officially christening the SST Capilano. The new tug was named after historical leader, Chief Joe Capilano. The vessel was built by ABD Boats of North Vancouver for Saam Smit Towage Canada and will provide service in Vancouver Harbour and along the BC coast.