Ports day will take place May 8-9 at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion.
The keynote address will be given by a representative of Cochran Marine, a division of one of the largest electrical construction firms in the United States. It specializes in the development of shore power systems serving the cruise ship industry.
A number of project overviews will be provided to attendees. They will include an update on Morien Resources efforts to acquire the Donkin mine project from Xstrata; the project status, challenges and timelines associated with the $75-million upgrade at Provincial Energy Ventures; a presentation by the Strait Area Superport Corp. on the opportunities for Cape Breton ports to work together; capital improvements at Marine Atlantic; an overview of IIBG Severstal, the company looking at possibly establishing an iron ore pelletization plant in Sydney; and a discussion of the cruise ship industry.
Also on the agenda is an update on the expected timeline for the installation of new navigational aids in Sydney harbour. At last year’s ports day, attendees heard that the Canadian Coast Guard would have to carry out a review of the navigational aids being used in Sydney harbour as a result of the harbour dredging project, and implementing the necessary changes could cost as much as $2 million. In the process of designing the channel to improve the way that larger vessels navigate a turn, the channel was placed out of alignment with existing range lights inside the harbour.
Also last year at ports day, it was announced that consultants were preparing to launch an attempt to market Sydney harbour as a potential future container terminal site and marine consultants Ed Zimney and Gordon Forsyth talked about plans to globally market the port to terminal operators, investors and carriers. Mayor Cecil Clarke of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality recently held a number of meetings in New York with prospective developers.