Port Metro Vancouver plans ahead

by Array

MM&D MAGAZINE, MARCH/APRIL 2011

Port Metro Vancouver has some big plans. Container traffic through Canada’s Pacific Gateway is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years and nearly triple by 2030. And the port is preparing now with its newly launched Container Capacity Improvement Program.

The program is a long-term strategy to increase container handling capacity in the Lower Mainland to meet growth and demand. The program will look for operational efficiencies at the port’s existing container facilities and will emphasize investment and infrastructure improvements at Roberts Bank in Delta, BC.

The port says roughly four million TEUs of additional capacity is needed to meet container demand forecasts for 2030. As part of the program, the port is also preparing a seven-round public consultation over six years, with First Nations consultations running parallel to that process.