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Columbia Containers | Rebuilding Project

Project status

Under Permit Review


Port Metro Vancouver is currently reviewing two permit applications submitted by Columbia Containers for upgrades at their existing terminal. Columbia facilities are under lease with the Port, and are located on Commissioner Street on the South Shore of the Burrard Inlet in Vancouver.

Permit applications under review: 

  • New Grain Transloading Facility and Silos (PP BP 2013-123) 
  • Installation of a 24’ x 48’ Modular Office Building (PP BP 2013-177)

 
The following permit applications submitted by Columbia Containers recently received Project Permits. More details below.

  • Demolition of System II (PP 2014-147) 
  • Sheet Pile Wall Realignment (PP 2014-102)
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    About the projects

    Columbia Containers submitted a Project Permit application to Port Metro Vancouver for New Grain Transloading Facility and Silos at their existing terminal.

    Existing Operations and Facilities

    Columbia Containers currently operates an existing grain transloading business at 2775 Commissioner Street that facilitates the movement of inbound railcars and outbound truckloads, which are then distributed to surrounding deep water docks for overseas shipment.  The current site utilizes a grain elevator, container storage yard, rail unloading and truck loading facilities, and associated conveyor distribution facilities. Eight (8) storage silo bins were demolished in 2006. Approximate elevator dimensions are: height of 33.5 m (110 ft.) x width of 10.7 m (35 ft.) x depth of 13.78 m (45 ft.).


    Proposed Project

    The applicant proposes to modernize the facility and increase the existing throughput from 735,000 metric tonnes (MT) per year (2014) to 750,000 MT per year (2017).


    Specifics of the proposal include:

    • New Container Transloading Facility (grain elevator)
      • Located to immediate northwest of existing grain elevator (which will be removed at a later date and as a separate permit);
      • Comprised of a tandem bucket elevator, a belowground dumping pit, and associated conveyor system;
      • Equipped with a modern grain dust-suppression system;
      • Approximate dimensions of 33 m (height), 27.3 m (length), 18 m (width), and,
      • Maximum excavation depth is approximately 12 m.
            
    • New Railcar Dumper (track shed)
      • Located to immediate north of proposed new Transloading Facility;
      • Comprised of an aboveground shed and a belowground dumping pit and associated conveyor system;
      • Approximate dimensions of 8 m (height),  29 m (roof length), 10 m (width); and,
      • Maximum excavation depth is approximately 10.2 m.

    • New Fully-enclosed, Dust-tight Silos/bins
      • Located to east of proposed new Transloading Facility;
      • Three 330 metric tonne (MT) silos, each with approximate dimensions of 9.6 m (diameter), 14.9 m (height);
      • One 1,200 MT silo, with approximate dimensions of 14.8 m (diameter), 14.4 m (height);
      • Two 1,400 MT silos, each with approximate dimensions of 16.5 m (diameter), 13.8 m (height);
      • Three 2,900 (MT) silos, each with approximate dimensions of 22.9 m (diameter), 15.6 m (height).
      • Foundations comprised of shallow concrete footings with approximate maximum excavation depths of 5 m. The 2,900 MT and 1,400 MT silos also utilize deeper concrete piles with approximate insertion depths of 14 m.

    • Electric Conveyor Network
      • Utilization of overhead conveyors and transfer towers to move grain from the new railcar dumper building pits, via the elevators, to either trucks (directly) or to the silos;
      • Utilization of return conveyors to move grain back from the silos to the transloading facility for loading onto trucks;

    • Rail Tracks
      • Realignment (slightly to north) and extension of on-site rail tracks to access the new rail dumper building.        

    • Office Building
      • Removal of an existing portable one-storey office building (40 m x 8 m) to an appropriate facility off-site.

     
    Excavation Methodology for Proposed Transloading Facility (Elevator) and Railcar Dumper Building

      • Construction of a sheet pile coffer dam via vibrating hammer or possibly impact hammer (depending on soil resistance). Anticipated noise levels < 80 db (vibratory hammer) or <= 110 db (impact hammer);
      • Excavation of material within the sheet pile coffer dam, with an excavation volume of 4,130 m3, excavation area of 432 m2, and a maximum excavation depth of 12 m;
      • Export of approximately 200 truck loads of excavated material, which is to be disposed of at an approved landfill site in North Vancouver; and,
      • Sheet pile placement will take place over a five to six week period, and excavation work will take place over a two to three week period.

     Pile Insertion Methodology for Proposed Silo Foundations

      • Placement of 1 m diameter concrete piles below the three (3) 2,900 MT silos and the two (2) 1,400 MT silos;
      • Utilization of an auger to drill out holes to a maximum depth of 14 m;
      • Insertion of rebar cage via crane, followed by concrete via cement truck (an estimated 50 trucks of concrete will be required);
      • Export of approximately sixty (60) truck loads of excavated material, which is to be disposed of at an appropriate off-site facility;

    Work is proposed to take place between 7:00 and 17:00, Monday to Friday. Concrete pile placement will take place over a three month period.

     
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    On October 2, 2014, Port Metro Vancouver issued a Project Permit to Columbia Containers for the Demolition of System II project at their terminal.

    Columbia Containers’ proposal includes demolition of a group of buildings and associated structures situated to the north of the existing grain elevator.

    Specifics of the proposal include:

    • Demolition of system II building, scale room, shop, stores room, and auger shoot;
    • Temporary requirement for 10 full size disposal scrap bins
    • Removal and disposal (via truck) of scrap bins, scrap metal, and other construction inventory off site
    • Hazardous material removal, in accordance with WorkSafeBC procedures
    • Re-grading the area with a gravel surface 


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    On September 30, 2014, Port Metro Vancouver issued a Project Permit to Columbia Containers for the Sheet Pile Wall Realignment project at their terminal.

    Columbia Containers’ proposal includes accommodating the Commissioner Street northward realignment by moving the east end of the retaining wall that is against the “bite” slightly north to sustain safe and efficient access across their site.

    Specifics of the proposal include:

    • Pulling back a portion of existing rip rap shoreline protection to facilitate installation of approximately 80 metres of sheet pile
    • Proposed fill area is approximately 210 m2
    • Rip rap will be restored seaward of sheet pile, utilizing locally stockpiled rip rap
    • Sheet pile and associated fill works will be undertaken above the high water mark


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    Columbia Containers submitted a Project Permit application to Port Metro Vancouver for the Installation of a 24’ x 48’ Modular Office Building at their existing terminal.

    Columbia Containers’ proposal includes the installation of a single 48’ X 24’ modular office building to add office space for their expanding trucking and container yard business.

    Specifics of the proposal include:

    • Single storey structure
    • Required utility connections include power, water, and sanitary


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    As part of the application process, Columbia Containers will undertake municipal and community engagement for these applications.


     Contact information

    • For questions regarding the Port’s Project Review Process, or to make comments about the proposals, please contact Gord Tycho, Senior Planner, Port Metro Vancouver by email or phone at 604.665.9561.
    • To learn more about Columbia Containers’ projects, please contact Stefan Ferrario, CEO, Columbia Containers Ltd. by email or phone at 604.216.3701.

    Contact information

    Planning & Development

    Work 604.665.9047
    Fax 1.866.284.4271

    Address

    100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place
    VancouverBC   V6C 3T4
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