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Mira is Director, Environment at Algoma Central Corporation, a Canadian owner/operator of a large fleet of bulk carriers trading in the Great Lakes as well as a fleet of ocean self-unloaders trading along the coasts of the Americas. Algoma is also a joint partner with international marine shipping companies Nova Marine Carriers of Lugano, Switzerland and Furetank AB of Sweden. Many of the company’s wholly or jointly owned vessels, both domestic and international, are engaged primarily in short sea shipping and impacted by the particular issues that affect this segment. Mira has served as Chair of committees at the Canadian Chamber of Marine Commerce and the North American Green Marine program, and often has the privilege of attending IMO MEPC meetings as an observer with the Canadian delegation. She has worked in the environmental field for over twenty-five years, the last fifteen of these in the marine industry.

“Vessels engaged in short sea shipping make a significant socio-economic contribution, however international maritime conventions often best represent the interest of ocean-going trades. This can produce unintended consequences for short sea shipping and the potential for modal shift.  The panel plays an important role in analyzing the potential negative impacts of developing regulations on this sector. »