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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Port of Vancouver opens consultations on Deltaport Terminal improvements

Port Metro Vancouver began a public consultation regarding the Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project. Starting in November and until January 6, 2012 the port authority will be providing opportunities for input from communities, stakeholders and the public through a number of multi-stakeholder meetings, open houses and an online feedback form.

The Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project is a series of improvements to the existing Deltaport Terminal at Roberts Bank in Delta. As an upgrade to existing infrastructure, Port Metro Vancouver has identified the project as the most efficient and cost-effective way to increase container capacity at Deltaport – by 600,000 TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit containers) to 2.4 million TEUs.

The project is seen as having low potential for environmental effects as it would be achieved mostly within the existing terminal, road and rail footprint, with no marine works.

Container traffic through the Gateway is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years and nearly triple by 2030. Preliminary container traffic projections demonstrate that existing container capacity on BC's West Coast will become constrained as early as 2015, requiring additional capacity.

The project includes the construction of an overpass on the existing Roberts Bank causeway to separate road and rail traffic, the reconfiguration of intermodal yard rail track and the addition of container handling equipment at Deltaport, the addition of rail track within the existing railway corridor and a portion adjacent agricultural land, and road improvements facilitate the movement and control of container trucks.

The estimated total project construction duration from award of contract through to commissioning of major equipment is approximately 2.5 years.

Information on the consultation is available on Port Metro Vancouver's website.

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