Three port authorities on Canada's west coast are used to
competing with one another. Now, they are most likely merging to form one
Board members from the three entities - Vancouver, Fraser
River and North Fraser port authorities in southern British Columbia -
commissioned a report earlier this year to study the possibility of merging,
and the report by InterVistas Consulting showed it would be viable.
Canada's federal transport minister, Lawrence Cannon,
recommended last year that the authorities consider a merger. Cannon must
approve the merger before it is finalized.
The merged entity falls under the Canada Port Authority,
according to a written statement from the authority, reported in the Vancouver
"As we explore the issues and opportunities more fully with
our colleagues at Fraser River Port and North Fraser Port, the benefits of a
more collaborative and cohesive strategy for managing southern B.C.'s port
assets have become even clearer," Vancouver Port Authority Chairman George
Adams said in a statement in October.
Adams said in a written statement this week that a merger
was "the most effective means of optimizing port planning, development and