Planning for Growth in Canadian Trade
The Container Capacity Improvement Program is our long-term strategy to deliver projects to meet anticipated growth in container capacity demand until 2030. The Program looks at two main opportunities:
- improvements that can be made to existing terminals and infrastructure to accommodate growth, and
- new infrastructure that may be required as demand continues to increase.
Container traffic through Canada’s Pacific Gateway is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years, and nearly triple by 2030. Current projections indicate approximately four million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of additional capacity will be needed to meet West Coast container demand by 2030.
We must ensure capacity is in place to meet the anticipated demand and support Canadian trade growth for decades to come.
Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project
As part of the Container Capacity Improvement Program, Port Metro Vancouver has worked with the Province of B.C. and Deltaport’s TSI Terminal Systems Inc. to develop a plan to upgrade existing infrastructure that would increase Deltaport’s container capacity by 600,000 TEUs, for a total of 2.4 million TEUs.
The Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project (DTRRIP) is an efficient and cost-effective plan to increase container capacity through improvements to existing port infrastructure. Project improvements will be implemented mostly within the existing terminal, road and rail footprint and will have a low potential for environmental harm. Work will not occur within the marine environment.
Proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project
The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project is a proposed marine container terminal that could provide additional capacity of more than 2 million TEUs per year to meet forecast demand until 2030.
Although the scope, scale and location of the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project have not been fully defined, our preliminary vision includes multiple berths equipped with ship-to-shore cranes capable of handling the latest generation of container ships.