Cancelled - 21st Session of the Asia-Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies (APHoMSA) – May 5 to 7, 2020 Meeting

Update: March 17, 2020

Over the last week, Canada has implemented measures to contain the COVID-19 virus. One of the measures identified by the Public Health Agency of Canada was to conduct risk assessments when determining the public health actions related to mass gatherings. Further to the assessment, Transport Canada has decided that it would be best for the health and safety of APHoMSA participants and other Canadians to cancel the APHoMSA meeting scheduled May 5-7, 2020. The North American Marine Environment Protecting Association (NAMEPA) workshop scheduled for May 4, 2020 has also been cancelled.


Canada is proud to host the Asia-Pacific Heads of Maritime Safety Agencies (APHoMSA) 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia, May 5 to 7, 2020.

APHoMSA began in 1996 to promote safe, secure shipping and a clean maritime environment in the Asia-Pacific region. It brings senior maritime officials together to share ideas and identify areas that they can cooperate on.

On May 4th, before the meeting, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) will be hosting a North American World Maritime Day Workshop on “Sustainable Shipping for a Sustainable Planet”.

The association will host the event and it will be sponsored by the Chamber of Shipping. As the maritime community moves towards 2030, the world expects that it will help to meet the United Nation's sustainable development goals.

The workshop teach participants about the results so far, what work is still left to do, and how to get it done to meet the objectives of the United Nations.

Below, you will find information about the APHoMSA 2020 meeting and NAMEPA Conference.

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Who can participate at APHoMSA

Meeting every year, APHoMSA is made up of representatives from 26 member countries and eight observer organizations. The members of the organization are committed to improving cooperation and exchanging information to promote safe secure shipping and a clean maritime environment. The representatives are usually heads of maritime administrations.

Attendance at the APHoMSA meetings is by invitation only and is not open to the public.


The APHoMSA membership group is made up of heads of maritime agencies from:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Cook Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Hong Kong, China
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Kiribati
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • New Caledonia
  • New Zealand
  • Niue
  • Papua New Guinea
  • The Philippines
  • Republic of Korea
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • Timor-Leste
  • Tuvalu
  • United States of America
  • Vanuatu
  • Vietnam

Standing observer organizations

  • International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities
  • International Maritime Organization
  • Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in Asia Information Sharing Centre
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Community
  • Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme
  • Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control in the Asia-Pacific Region (Tokyo MoU) Secretariat
  • International Hydrographic Organization
  • International Labour Organization 

Who can participate at NAMEPA

The NAMEPA conference is open to:

  • APHoMSA participants
  • Key stakeholders from BC interested in:
    • plastics in the ocean,
    • the environment and
    • educational awareness such as:
      • school boards
      • First Nations
      • Non-Governmental Organizations

Attending the Conference is by invitation only and is not open to the public.

When and where


The APHoMSA 2020 meeting will take place May 5 to 7, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia.


The meeting is at the Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport. The hotel is a 5-minute drive from the Vancouver International Airport. Free airport shuttle service to and from the airport is available from 5 am to 11 pm daily.

Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport
7311 Westminster Hwy
Richmond BC Canada, V6X 1A3
Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport
Tel: 604-278-5555 | Fax: 604-278-5319 | Toll Free: 1-800-663-2878


Hotel reservation

Transport Canada has reserved 50 rooms at the Executive Hotel Vancouver Airport.

The group rate is $189 (+tx) per person, each night from Sunday May 3 to Friday May 8. This is 5 nights in total.  

To reserve a room please call 1-800-663-2878 and quote "Transport Canada". You will need a valid credit card to book your room.

Complete list of the hotel's amenities and services

Other hotel options

If you prefer to stay at another hotel, the following are close by:

  • Ramada Limited Vancouver Airport Hotel
  • Quality Hotel Airport South
  • Hilton Vancouver Airport

Please note that we haven't arranged any special group rate with these hotels.

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