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Nanaimo Port Authority to solicit proposals for daily foot passenger ferry service to Vancouver

By BCShippingNews 26 November 2015
RFP to be issued January 2016

The Board of Directors of the Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA) has asked management to start developing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a daily foot passenger ferry service between Nanaimo and Vancouver, and to issue the RFP in January 2016.

"There has been interest and discussion in such a service in the community for several years," says Jeet Manhas, NPA Board Chair. "It is important that potential users and the communities be engaged in the process and that the outcome is a reliable service that can be sustained over a long period of time".

The terms of the RFP are now being developed. "NPA will be reaching out to the Central Island communities to ensure the RFP process is collaborative".

"It is well known that a potential operator has been in discussions with the City of Nanaimo for some time," says Manhas. "We welcome that operator and any others who wish to respond to the RFP".

The NPA’s Vision is to be the transportation and marine recreational gateway on Vancouver Island, serving the Pacific Rim and beyond. "For over 50 years, the Nanaimo Port Authority has been working to ensure that Central Vancouver Island communities have the necessary marine infrastructure and services that they need for today and for tomorrow".

The Nanaimo Port Authority is one of 18 Port Authorities 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. See more at www.npa.ca

Contact: Bernie A. Dumas, President & CEO Nanaimo Port Authority 250-753-4146 or bdumas@npa.ca.