A big ship of cargo is sailing on the port docks of Vancouver, B.C. to a new home in the port.
But the company that owns the vessel, Harbour Freight, has decided to scrap the ship and move it to the new shipyard in a bid to save money.
“Our shipyard has a capacity of 15,000-16,000 metric tons,” said David Stirling, a vice-president of Harbour Freights.
“If we had to choose between moving the ship to our new facility, or moving it to Vancouver, that would have been a tough choice for us.”
The decision to ship the container ship, which is currently the flagship of the shipping giant West Coast Container Corp., to Vancouver comes as a big blow to Vancouver’s waterfront.
“We have a lot of concerns around our waterfront, particularly with the development of the city,” said Michael Brown, executive director of the Vancouver Coastal Heritage Trust.
“I think we need to look at it as a win-win, rather than a loss-lose scenario.”
Harbour Freights had a fleet of container ships that reached over 1,000 tons.
They were used to ship food, lumber, lumber products, construction materials, and agricultural goods.
It’s now a logistics hub for international shipping and the port has become home to more than 80 different container ships.
The company plans to sell the shipyard to the United States based on a plan to convert it into a port of container.
The plan would give the United Kingdom and other countries the opportunity to build their own container ships to compete with Canada’s container fleet.
Harbor Freights has been using the Port of Vancouver as a container hub for years.
A major reason for the move is the city’s aging infrastructure.
The shipyard is in need of an upgrade, according to the Vancouver Port Authority.
It has a new, state-of-the-art building, but the work is not done.
On Wednesday, Harbour is due to begin accepting bids for the Port, which will cost $30 million.
According to the city, the ship will be the first of its kind and will bring with it more than 2,500 employees.
If the bid goes through, the city expects the new vessel will be operational by 2019.
With files from The Associated Press