Freighter Delivers Shipload to Nanaimo – Nanaimo News Bulletin
Cruise ships may not stop in Nanaimo, but the craft you can sail in come by boat.
Stevedores in Nanaimo unloaded a delivery of yachts from the deck of the AAL freighter Genoa this week.
The vessel arrived at the Port of Nanaimo Assembly Dock on Wednesday July 6 and began unloading operations, using the cranes on board the vessel, to lift more than 20 yachts and gently launch them into the water .
Captain Satinder Singh, vice president of marine operations and harbor master for the Port of Nanaimo, said in an email to the News Bulletin that Nanaimo and Victoria are the preferred unloading locations for yachts brought back to the West Coast due to the experience. from the experience of terminal operator DP World and the island’s stevedores with handling yachts.
“The majority of yachts transported by yacht carriers using Nanaimo are destined for Seattle or Alaska, with a few remaining in British Columbia,” Singh said. “Of the 21 yachts unloaded from AAL Genoa, five will be imported to Canada and the balance will go to the United States”
Singh said the main loading ports for yacht carriers are normally in Fort Lauderdale and Port Everglades in Florida, Costa Rica, and La Paz and Ensenada in Mexico.
Of the yachts arriving, approximately 20% are imported, approximately 10% are yachts returning after sailing in Mexico or the Caribbean, 20% will be yachts repositioned for a cruise in British Columbia or Alaska and the remainder will return to Seattle. or other Pacific Northwest locations after cruising in Mexico and the Caribbean. Owners of these vessels will often have repair work done in British Columbia before bringing them home, he said.
“A large increase in the number of yachts being shipped ‘home’ in 2020 and 2021 was due to COVID when owners were unable to travel to Mexico or the Caribbean,” Singh said.
A second ship, BBC Hudson, is due to deliver another shipment of yachts next week.