Under Canada’s Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative (APGCI), the federal government will contribute up to $4.65 million to modernize the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf area and rehabilitate an aging dock that has not been active for over 10 years due to its condition. “This project will not only enhance the Port’s ability to handle increased volume, in a more efficient manner, creating jobs, growth and prosperity in our communities,” said Dr. Lunney, MP for Nanaimo–Alberni “It will also reduce road congestion and travel time for users.”

Short-sea shipping is a multi-modal concept involving the marine transportation of passengers and goods that takes place within and between Canada and the rest of North America, helping to create jobs, growth and prosperity in local communities.

“Nanaimo Port Authority is extremely excited with the support from the federal government for our short-sea shipping initiative that will establish a direct water link for Vancouver Island importers and exporters to Asia-Pacific markets. NPA’s long term vision is to improve and enhance the movement of international cargo for Vancouver Island,” said Mr. Bennie, Chair of Nanaimo Port Authority.

Separately, Peter Van Loan, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, also announced funding of up to $225,000 for a container trans-shipment and short sea shipping feasibility study at Port Alberni. Don Ferster, Chair of Port Alberni Port Authority expressed appreciation for the federal assistance.