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Nanaimo Port Authority to Solicit Proposals for Daily Foot Passenger Ferry Service to Vancouver

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 (BC) 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 NPA Board Chair Jeet Manhas. "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," noted Mr. Manhas. "We welcome that operator and any others who wish to respond to the RFP".

The NPA’s vision is for there to be a transportation and marine recreational gateway on Vancouver Island, serving the Pacific Rim and beyond.

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