The Port of Nanaimo Experiencing Growth and Expansion

The Port of Nanaimo Experiencing Growth and Expansion

December 14, 2018 Posted by Vivian Lui

Boasting a year-round ice-free port and a strategic location on the west coast of Canada, the Port of Nanaimo has been in the centre of cargo activities for over a century, and is the largest public cargo port on Vancouver Island. With a growing economy in B.C., it is an exciting time for the Port as it launches two large projects—increasing its marina capacity and building a vehicle processing facility.

The Port of Nanaimo has developed a $15-million capital plan to expand capacity at its boat basin marina, which provides space for small to medium commercial and pleasure boats. Commercial boats take up around one-third of moorage at the Nanaimo marina, which is the base for the region’s commercial fishing fleet, tug boats and adventure tourism operators. However, the demand for moorage is increasing, especially with pleasure boaters bringing in larger vessels. The Port plans to increase its overall capacity by 50% and relocate and install a wider dock for commercial fleets to reduce congestion and make it easier for larger vessels to use.

Another significant infrastructure project that is already in progress at the Port of Nanaimo will transform the automobile supply chain in western Canada. Nanaimo Port Authority, in partnership with terminal and logistics company Western Stevedoring, is building an assembly facility for imported vehicles. This $19-million project will improve the traffic and logistics of transporting vehicles to the west coast. The upgraded wharf’s pier will allow for large specialized cargo vessels to enter the Port. The first shipment is planned for January 2019, and in the first year of operation, it is estimated that 12,000 vehicles will be delivered and processed locally. After that, the number could increase to 50,000 per year. The new facility is expected to create over 100 jobs in the region.

The Port of Nanaimo’s expansion projects reflect the high demand for B.C.’s transportation infrastructure, services and expertise. Our strategic location on Canada’s Pacific coast places the province at the commercial crossroads of Asia Pacific and North America. To learn more about the different communities in B.C., follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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