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First publish date: 05-22-2006
British Columbia Railway Seeks Operator for Vancouver Wharves
The British Columbia Railway Company (BCRC) announced it will seek a long-term operator for Vancouver Wharves, its bulk marine terminal in North Vancouver.
"Vancouver Wharves, with its strategic location in the fast growing Port of Vancouver, has tremendous potential," said Kevin Mahoney, BCRC President and CEO. "Entering into a long term operating arrangement for the operation of Vancouver Wharves with the right partner will allow us to realize the facility s full potential while still retaining public ownership of the asset."
As the first step in identifying a potential new operator, BCRC has prepared a summary that outlines the key objectives required for the operation of Vancouver Wharves for a 25 year period.
"Any potential new operator for Vancouver Wharves must address the needs and objectives established in the British Columbia Port and Pacific Gateway strategies, as well as other areas of importance to our employees, customers and communities," said Mahoney.
To assist the company in selecting a new operator, BCRC will retain CIBC World Markets as its financial advisor. CIBC World Markets is a full service investment bank with operations in North America, Europe and Asia.
Initial proposals will be submitted in July 2006. A final agreement is expected be concluded by the end of the year.
The company has communicated its plans to its major customers and employees. "We are committed to working with all our stakeholders to ensure
continued service and a successful transition to a private sector operator," said Mahoney.