"That is one of the perks, you might say, of being a seafarer."Part of the manpower pressure is coming from changes in federal legislation that ended a 25% import duty on cargo vessels built overseas. announced in February it is building new ships in a Chinese shipyard to replace its aging lakers.The company and the union say the new ships will protect local jobs.
“Everything is looking good,” said event founder Gladman, Tuesday.
Given said the union is also pushing the federal government to allow Canadian seafarers to transport Canadian military and aid cargo to international ports, essentially creating a new merchant marine force for the country."The United States has an arrangement like that and it's saved them 0 million annually," Given said, noting Canada has to hire ships from other countries to transport cargo.
"This is a deal that will take some time to put together, but it is something we are pushing for."He said anyone interested in becoming a seafarer can visit the SIU offices at 70 St.
There aren't enough bodies to fill new job openings or to replace older mariners who are retiring.
So next month, Given said the union will launch a campaign to find 400 new members to work on ships on the Great Lakes and in ports on the east and west coast."We have contractual obligations to our companies to provide a skilled workforce 24 hours a day, 365 days a year," Given said during a press conference at the union's Thorold offices, where he reiterated the union's support for Welland riding Conservative candidate Leanna Villella."Our members can ship out from all over Canada," Given said.