In November 2015, the GCT Deltaport Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration Project commenced at Vancouver’s Deltaport container terminal. This project is expected to be approximately twenty months in duration and will result in much improved handling efficiencies at the terminal.
Rail handling capacity is expected to increase by 50%, coupled with intermodal capacity increasing by 600,000 TEUs to 2.4 million TEUs per year. The project will focus on rail track reconfiguration and the replacement of terminal cranes used to offload vessels. During the construction phase delays are to be expected, as container dwell times will be affected as well as creating challenges with railcar switching.
Port Metro Vancouver is also planning a $320 million expansion of its Centerm container terminal, increasing capacity by 66 per cent – from 900,000 TEUs to 1.5 million TEUs, with a target completion date of 2019.
Another project in Prince Rupert, BC will increase capacity by 500,000 TEUs by 2018, ahead of a larger expansion planned for the early 2020s.
For more information, contact David Lychek, Manager – Ocean & Air Services.