Vancouver is aggressively pursuing shipowners from around the world in an ambitious effort to build a world class maritime cluster in the city.
For more than two years, Kaity Arsoniadis-Stein has been ardently promoting an ambitious goal from her office overlooking the spectacular waterfront of Canada’s largest port.
In the process, she has, in her own words, interviewed top executives of more than 400 shipowners around the world.
Arsoniadis-Stein is executive director of the Vancouver International Maritime Centre (VIMC), a not-for-profit society that is, with some success, “branding” Vancouver as an emerging maritime centre and cluster trying to enter the big leagues dominated by such giants as Singapore, Tokyo, Oslo, Hamburg, Shanghai, Rotterdam and London.
In its 2017 annual report on the leading maritime capitals of the world, Menon Economics included Vancouver for the first time, ranking Vancouver 24th in the top 30.
According to the Norwegian consultancy, “Vancouver has the potential to build a position as the leading maritime city on the western side of the Americas. Vancouver’s maritime industry is well established and continuously growing.
“The Canadian city has the largest managed fleet of all the North American cities included in this analysis, and the aggregated market value of the city’s shipping companies is higher than those located both in New York and Los Angeles.”...
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