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Operators sought for passenger ferry service between Nanaimo and Vancouver

Mar 31, 2016

Expression of Interest Has Been Issued

The City of Nanaimo and the Nanaimo Port Authority have issued an Expression of Interest (EOI) to seek an
operator of a passenger ferry service between downtown Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver. The two parties,
in conjunction with Snuneymuxw First Nation view the operation of a high speed passenger ferry service between
the two cities as a catalyst that will diversify and grow the local economy.

The EOI is viewed as an open and transparent approach to gauge interest from the private sector. Results of the
EOI will form the basis of future negotiations and is an important step in establishing the service.

Strategic Link: Waterfront Enhancement (enhanced public access and use); Transportation and Mobility
(enhanced transportation connections to Vancouver); Taking Responsibility (facilitating change and development
consistent with vision and plans).

Key Points

  • The EOI will be distributed to the marine industry and posted on the City and NPA websites.
  • Submissions are due by Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at 2pm.
  • Proponents can select to operate from the NPA Cruise Ship Terminal or the City owned waterfront lands at 1 Port Drive.


"The development of this Expression of Interest through the combined efforts of the Nanaimo Port Authority,
the Snuneymuxw First Nation and the City of Nanaimo is a critical step in securing a foot ferry service between
Nanaimo and Vancouver. And as importantly is the new found working relationship between the three parties
responsible for building a better Nanaimo together."

Bill Bestwick
City of Nanaimo


"We look forward to working in true partnership with the Nanaimo Port Authority and the City in a manner that
respects our Treaty and Title and Rights, demonstrates how we are working together in new ways consistent
with the goal of true reconciliation, and achieves something to the benefit of the entire region."

Doug White III Kwulasultun
Acting Chief
Snuneymuxw First Nation


"The Nanaimo Port Authority Board of Directors and staff are very excited to complete the Expression of Interest
in partnership with the Snuneymuxw First Nations and the City of Nanaimo. We look forward to receiving service
proposals from potential operators in the second phase of the project. The shared vision of having a high speed
ferry service between Nanaimo and downtown Vancouver is one step closer."

Jeet Manhas
Nanaimo Port Authority


"I am very pleased the City, Snuneymuxw First Nation and the Nanaimo Port Authority agreed to issue the
Expression of Interest for a fast ferry yesterday; an historic moment for our community with key parties working
together to bring a foot ferry to our City and region."

Tracy Samra
Chief Administrative Officer
City of Nanaimo



Philip Cooper
Communication Manager
City of Nanaimo
250 755 4532