New terminal for European car imports to be built on Vancouver Island

Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) announced that it is partnering with Western Stevedoring (Western) and their affiliate organization, the Auto Division of SSA Marine (SSA) to design, build, finance and operate a multipurpose break bulk terminal with an initial focus on European automobile import and processing at NPA’s Nanaimo Assembly Wharf (NAW).

European Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers are experiencing significant capacity constraints and other issues with the existing east-west land bridge route. Currently, the land bridge stretches from Halifax to Vancouver, the latter which serves as a hub for OEM customers throughout western Canada. In response, the project partners wish to develop the first all-water global logistics service for European automobiles to a British Columbia port. This innovative “marine highway” would create a new, highly efficient and reliable international gateway featuring short-sea shipping from Nanaimo to the Lower Mainland.

Ewan Moir, Nanaimo Port Authority, President & CEO comments, “The project has the potential to transform Canada’s import automobile supply chain by addressing the significant existing transportation bottlenecks, vulnerabilities and congestion while providing several compelling logistical efficiencies and environmental benefits. The project will also provide sustainable economic development opportunities for Nanaimo and Vancouver Island.”

Sources: Western Stevedoring & NPA

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