Container operations at Duke Point terminal

DP World deal creates massive container port opportunities

Container loading operation at Duke Point

0224 – A long-term lease deal between the Port of Nanaimo and DP World will open the door to a $105-million expansion of the Duke Point container shipping operations over the long term.

The 50-year lease will enhance shipping between Nanaimo and Vancouver, as well as expand direct access from Nanaimo to global import-export markets through direct calls to Asia.

The deal is the first step in the $105 million terminal expansion. It will be funded through a mix of public and private investment that includes a $46.2-million federal contribution through the national trade corridors fund and $15 million from the province as a part of B.C.’s economic recovery plan.

Port Authority chairman Donna Hais said short-sea shipping is critical to the economy. “It allows us to take a large shipment and split it into smaller shipments, put it on barges and into separate containers and send it directly to the port it affects,” she said.

Maksim Mihic, DP World Canada general manager, said a modern container facility will make Vancouver Island more competitive and bring it closer to North American and international markets.


Ottawa names two directors to Port of Nanaimo

Jeet Manhas and Shiva Dean

The Federal government has appointed two directors to the Board of the Port of Nanaimo filling two outstanding vacancies.  Jeet Manhas has been appointed as the Federal representative and Shiva Dean has been appointed as the Federal representative for the International Trade Group of Users, each for a three year term.

As outlined in the Canada Marine Act, the Federal representative is nominated by the Minister of Transport.  The International Trade User Group representative is nominated by the Minster of Transport in consultation with User Group representatives.

Jeet Manhas who previously sat on the Board as the Provincial representative, has been an active member of the Nanaimo business community for 30 years as a clothing store owner, Fas Gas franchise owner and general contractor building residential homes.  Jeet has also held multiple leadership positions in the community including City Councillor, Director of the Regional District of Nanaimo, Director of the Vancouver Island University Foundation, Past President of the Rotary Club, and Past Chair of the Nanaimo Port Authority Board of Directors.

Shiva Dean who currently resides in Alberta is a seasoned executive with over 15 years of international and maritime experience with the A.P. Moller-Maersk Group.  Shiva has a strong background in international trade development focused on the Asia Pacific region, the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East and is experienced in port operations including rail/intermodal and trucking operations.  Shiva has previous board experience as the audit chair of a Federal Crown Corporation in the maritime sector and as a Director on First Nations/ Indigenous joint venture companies.  Shiva has also completed executive management training at the Harvard Business School.

Donna Hais – Board Chair of the Port says “We are excited to welcome Jeet and Shiva to the Board of Directors.  2020 was a challenging year that ended on a high note with the signing of our new relationship protocol agreement with the Snuneymuxw First Nation.  There are many opportunities to work together with businesses and our valued partners on projects that will deliver economic benefits and create jobs in our communities.  In order to be great, we must first have a great team, welcome aboard Jeet and Shiva!”

Mailloux retires from Port of Nanaimo after 18 years

David Mailloux

David Mailloux has retired as Director of Communications for the Nanaimo Port Authority. 

David has seen many changes and developments during his time with the Port. As a respected member of the tourism community David was a natural fit for his first position in 2003 of managing the Port’s marina business. Utilizing his knowledge and skills in marketing and communications, David became the Port’s Director of Communications developing and communicating the Port’s vision with a wide range of stakeholders and the media. David’s positive outlook will be missed and we wish him the very best on the seas of his retirement” says Ian Marr – President and CEO.

David was instrumental in establishing the Port’s Floating Boat Show and Port Connect a forum to assist people looking for employment with marine-based stakeholders connected to port activities. Working with community partners David led the Port’s support for numerous community events among which were World Ocean’s DayCanada 150 Celebration and the Cruise Ambassador Program. David also worked with many media members and gained their respect as an honest and forthright communicator.

“There is a wide range of issues and businesses that the Port deals with, reflected in the daily activities of my position. I always enjoyed my many connections with stakeholders and Port partners in the community, regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally. I was moved that the Port President & CEO Ian Marr, others before him, and the Port Board placed their confidence in me to manage key and often dynamic situations. Port staff are professional and excellent to work with and as we say at the Port – No two days are the same and this is what makes Port work fulfilling as one of the key economic pillars in a vibrant community” says David.

David is currently Chair of Community Futures Central Island and founding Chair of the BC Ocean Boating Tourism Association – AHOYBC.COM recognized since 2015, as a tourism sector supported by Destination BC. David will continue to be available on a contract basis to serve the community and welcomes some extended leisure time with his wife Elverna, his four stepchildren and seven amazing grand children. “Life is good” is his farewell remark.