First Container Ship Call at Duke Point Terminal, Nanaimo

By George Backwell
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
MV Westwood Pacific loading: Photo NPA

The arrival of the 'M/V Westwood Pacific' at the Nanaimo Port Authority’s Duke Point terminal marks the first such berthing at the Port’s facilities and will provide a direct link to Asia.

Westwood Shipping Lines operate a dedicated break bulk and container service to Asia and have been evaluating the Vancouver Island market for some time. This trial call, with express service to Japan, Korea and feeder service to other Asian ports, is expected to lead to a regular service, providing Vancouver Island manufacturers the option to ship their goods from Nanaimo.

The Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) has been working with terminal partner, DP World Vancouver, to create a direct competitive connection for Vancouver Island customers to Asia Pacific markets and the arrival of this container ship is one step closer to realizing this goal.

The NPA recently received $4.5 million from the federal government as part of the Asia Pacific Gateway Corridor Initiative Program. These funds are intended to upgrade the Port’s container operation at the Duke Point Terminal.

“The trial call from the M/V Westwood Pacific is an exciting time for Vancouver Island importers and exporters and will prove that the NPA can offer competitive deep-sea connections to global markets. We are sure that Westwood Shipping Lines will be pleased with the service, efficiency and potential volume of business that can be provided from Vancouver Island, and will hopefully announce a regular containerized liner service from Nanaimo as part of their global operation” commented Bernie Dumas President & CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority.

“DP World Vancouver will first load two ships, but we expect the frequency of these shipments will increase and each departure will add 150 TEUs to 300 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of container throughput to Vancouver Island’s container terminal,” says Maksim Mihic, General Manager of DP World Vancouver. “This gives customers the option of now having direct access between Vancouver Island and major Asian ports as well as using the container barge service DP World Vancouver operates from the same facility to ship to Vancouver.”
 
The Nanaimo Port Authority is one of 18 Port Authority’s across Canada, established under the Canada Marine Act, to promote and support the National, Regional and local economy and to ensure a safe and secure harbour for Cargo Operations.

Source: Nanaimo Port Authority

 

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