OTTAWA, July 3, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Peter Van Loan, Leader of
the Government in the House of Commons, on behalf of the Honourable Ed
Fast, Canada's Minister of International Trade and Minister for the
Asia-Pacific Gateway, Dr. James Lunney, Member of Parliament for
Nanaimo—Alberni, and Don Ferster, Chair of the Board, Port Alberni Port
Authority, today announced funding for a Container Trans-Shipment and
Short-Sea Shipping Feasibility Study in British Columbia.
"Our government is committed to helping Canadian exporters reach
fast-growing Asia-Pacific markets by continuing to boost Canada's
competitive advantages," said Minister Van Loan. "Studies such as this,
explore innovative ways to manage future growth in the Asia-Pacific
The Government of Canada is providing up to $225,000 through the APGCI
Transportation Infrastructure Fund toward a Container Trans-Shipment
and Short-Sea Shipping Feasibility Study at Port Alberni. Short-sea
shipping involves the marine transportation of passengers and goods
within and among Canada and the rest of North America. The study will
identify potential market opportunities, as well as assess the
viability of a container trans-shipment and short-sea shipping
distribution centre in the Alberni Inlet.
"The Port Alberni Port Authority is very appreciative of the funding
received under the Asia-Pacific Gateway Canada Initiative "TIF"
program," said Mr. Ferster. "The ultimate goal of our study will be to
increase the value of trade within the national transportation system."
"This study will provide a comprehensive analysis of short-sea shipping
for this region," said Dr. Lunney. "Investments like these help create
jobs and economic growth in local communities."
The APGCI is a key element of the Government of Canada's pro-trade plan
to open new markets that increase Canadian exports and create jobs and
prosperity. The federal government has invested $1.4 billion in
infrastructure projects worth $3.5 billion in partnership with the four
western provinces, municipalities and the private sector.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and
Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway
Transport Canada, Ottawa
Port Manager / CEO
Port Alberni Port Authority
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