The Nanaimo Port Authority is chasing new opportunities for expansion.
Established as a federal agency in 1961, the port is responsible for marine traffic and safety in the Nanaimo harbour, and the management of its lands.
A rich forest industry once made it easy to be competitive and self sufficient, from fees on shipments of wood products.
Now, as the port embarks on a $9-million expansion to cash in on a global rise in container shipping, the port sees new opportunity from goods flowing onto the Island.
"Nanaimo Port Authority is focusing on becoming the gateway for Vancouver Island," said
Bernie Dumas, port president.
There is promise in such projects as a major wind farm in the North Island, and the John Hart Generating Station in Campbell River.
The search is on to find a crane suitable to unload the equipment B.C. Hydro needs to install to build that dam.
"We've contacted an equipment consultant. It will be a fairly large crane for use for containers, but also for projects like John Hart," Dumas said.
Construction of that hydroelectric project has a five-year time span.
Other ventures have promise. "(With) these LNG projects, there's not a lot of places to lay down the equipment."
The port authority has also worked to develop container traffic. Last year a major milestone was reached with a three-year agreement signed with DP World to handle general cargo at the 'A' Berth, an area known historically as the Assembly Wharf.
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