Construction has begun on the Port of Nanaimo new B.C. vehicle processing centre.
The first phase of the project involves the renovation of a 60,000-square-foot structure once used as part of the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf warehousing infrastructure.
The Nanaimo News Bulletin said the renovation is expected to be complete by Jan. 1 when the first shipment of about 400 new vehicles will arrive to receive accessories and modifications for the Canadian auto market.
The Port of Nanaimo partnered with Western Stevedoring and its affiliate, the auto division of SSA Marine, to design, build, finance and operate the terminal, and the existing pier is being upgraded to berth a Pure Car and Truck Carrier, a vessel purpose-built for vehicle and equipment transport.
The renovation work includes refinishing the building’s exterior and retrofit of 30,000 square feet of its interior for the vehicle processing centre – to the tune of $19 million – which will handle about 10,000 cars in its first year of operation.