On March 8th the vehicle carrier, Tranquil Ace, delivered the first batch of Mercedes Benz cars to the Port of Nanaimo’s new Vehicle Processing Centre (VPC). Western Stevedoring together with the Auto Division of SSA Marine, developed the 60,000 square foot facility to provide the final detailing on European cars prior to their distribution to BC dealerships. The Tranquil Ace was the first vehicle carrier to ever arrive in the port. The expanded Panama Canal, together with Vancouver Island’s designation as a Foreign Trade Zone, is expects to be attractive for European car manufacturers to ship directly to Nanaimo for further detailing and distribution to west coast markets. Once fully operational, the VPC will be able to handle between 10,000 and 12,000 vehicles per year, expanding to a possible 40,000 each year by as early as 2024.