$46.2M For Port’s Duke Point Expansion
Jul 24, 2019
JULY 24, 2019 - NANAIMO – $46.2 million in funding announced by the federal government Wednesday will enable the Port of Nanaimo to make significant infrastructure improvements and expansions at its Duke Point facilities.
"I don’t think we’ve ever seen this type of major financial investment in Nanaimo before," says Port of Nanaimo Board Chair Donna Hais. "I’m extremely excited about what this will provide for the community of Nanaimo and for the mid-island Region as a whole; it will create a lot of wellpaying jobs."
An estimated 900 jobs will be created in the region during construction, besides the long-term employees who will be working at the expanded facilities.
The funding means the existing wharf will be expanded to 325 metres from its current 182, an existing crane will be replaced with two 24-metre cranes, a new warehouse will be built for general cargo, a new maintenance and administration building, truck gate, increasing the terminal’s storage area and upgrades will be made for electrical, sewer, drainage, water and security systems around the facility.
The funding announcement by Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, came after months of work by the Port of Nanaimo team, which included terminal operator D.P. World. "This has been a team effort, and we’re all celebrating together," Hais ads. "This improves our ability to receive goods directly here in Nanaimo, and provide for all of Vancouver Island."
Port of Nanaimo CEO Ian Marr says the funding is an integral step towards the Port’s goal of expanding its short-sea shipping and cargo operations. Mr. Marr comments: "I would especially like to recognize our past Board Chair, Michelle Corfield, for the volume of work she has done on this project since its inception."
Marr adds: "With our location and the high volumes of cargo moving into and out of Vancouver and Vancouver Island, we are ideally situated to become the primary point of entry and exit for trans-shipment of goods for Vancouver Island," says Marr. "Our new equipment and facilities will make us an ideal, attractive and efficient option for local, national and international companies. We’re coming off our best financial year yet, and we expect these new developments will allow us to create new growth for the region."
The announcement is the latest major announcement for the Port of Nanaimo, which opened the Vehicle Processing Centre in the spring. The federal government contributed $6.3 million towards that project, which created 200 jobs during construction and will have 80-100 full-time workers once peak capacity of processing 50,000 vehicles to be is reached.
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