The Vancouver International Maritime Centre recognized in B.C. Budget 2016, Executive Director christens new vessel

VANCOUVER, BC, CANADA (February 19, 2016):  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.

Christening of the SST Capilano, named after Squamish Chief Joe Capilano (1850–1910). (Photo credit: Saam Smit)

Christening of the SST Capilano, named after Squamish Chief Joe Capilano (1850–1910). (Photo credit: Saam Smit)

Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, Exec. Dir. VIMC (L) Jewel Jacobs (R), Squamish First Nation. (Photo credit: Saam Smit)

Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, Exec. Dir. VIMC (L) Jewel Jacobs (R), Squamish First Nation. (Photo credit: Saam Smit)

About the Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC) and Vancouver, Canada

VIMC promotes Vancouver as a location for international shipping and maritime companies, and assists interested companies in developing their operations on the Pacific Corridor.

The Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada and the International Ship-Owners Alliance of Canada have partnered to invest in a revitalized VIMC to attract new investment and strengthen the province’s shipping industry.

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Media contact:
Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein, LLB, LLM
Executive Director, Vancouver International Maritime Centre
kaity@vancouverimc.org