Ports Day re­turns with full slate

An­nual event to hear from ex­perts from ma­rine in­dus­tries

Cape Breton Post - - Cape Breton - BY CAPE BRE­TON POST STAFF news@cb­post.com

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.

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