The Canadian government is providing funding up to C$225,000 (about US$212,813) through the APGCI Transportation Infrastructure Fund for a container transshipment and short-sea shipping feasibility study at Port Alberni, British Columbia.
The study will identify potential market opportunities, as well as assess the viability of a container transshipment and short-sea shipping distribution center in the Alberni Inlet.
News of the funding was jointly announced by Peter Van Loan, leader of the nation’s House of Commons; Ed Fast, Canada’s minister of international trade and minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway; James Lunney, member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni; and Don Ferster, chair of the board of Port Alberni Port Authority.
“Our government is committed to helping Canadian exporters reach fast-growing Asia-Pacific markets by continuing to boost Canada's competitive advantages,” Van Loan said in a written statement. “Studies such as this explore innovative ways to manage future growth in the Asia-Pacific Gateway.
“The ultimate goal of our study will be to increase the value of trade within the national transportation system,” Ferster added.