An agreement has been reached to house an on-water oil spill response base in Nanaimo.
Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC) and the Nanaimo Port Authority announced a 25-year lease agreement for a base on 130,000 square feet of land and water lot areas in Nanaimo’s harbour.
Construction is expected to cost $10 million and is part of a WCMRC $150 million commitment in spill response enhancements that will include five new response bases, 40 new vessels and 120 new employees.
Construction for the new base is expected to begin in the fall and will be WCMRC’s hub on Vancouver Island.
It will house a command post and serve as the primary training facility and include 15 response vessels and 35 full-time response personnel.
“Not only do we acquire a highly-skilled team and specialized equipment for environmental responses, locally we also achieve long-term economic benefits from an established and professional organization,” Port of Nanaimo President and CEO Ewan Moir said in a release.