Ports Day returns with full slate
Annual event to hear from experts from marine industries
As sure as the return of robins in spring, Sydney Harbour Ports Day is back for another year.
Registration has been strong for Thursday’s event that annually discusses the potential opportunities for Sydney harbour and how it can play on its strength for economic gain.
The day’s events will take place at the Joan Harriss Cruise Pavilion from 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Edward Schmeltz, senior vice-president with AECOM, will speak on the basics of modern container terminal development during the Ports Day luncheon. AECOM is the largest transportation engineering firm in the United States and Schmeltz has worked on some of the world’s largest marine projects.
Dr. Michael Tretheway, chief economist and chief strategy officer with InterVISTAS, will give the highlights from the economic impact study on the proposed container terminal.
Andrew Prossin of One Ocean Expeditions will talk about Sydney as a homeport and his belief that Sydney has the potential to become a “Gateway to the Arctic.”
An update will be given on the second berth project that has earned financial support from all levels of government as well as support from the community.
The concept “build it and they will come” panel discussion will shine light on the harbour’s potential to expand and enhance waterfront opportunities. This panel will discuss some steps needed to become a thriving waterfront.
The event will end with the annual lobster dinner and Cape Breton ceilidh. For this, advance tickets can be purchased by anyone interested in kicking off the lobster season while mingling with delegates and members of the business community.