Proposed Centerm Expansion Project

The proposed Centerm Expansion Project involves a series of changes to increase the number of containers that can be handled at the existing terminal from 900,000 TEUs to 1.5 million TEUs, while only increasing the terminal footprint by 15 per cent. These proposed changes include an expansion of the terminal area and reconfiguration of the terminal, and off-terminal road and rail improvements to increase efficiency and access along the south shore of Burrard Inlet.

News

  • The Consultation Summary Report and Consideration Report, documenting the preliminary comment period and the Centerm Expansion Project (CEP) team’s responses to feedback received, are now available.

  • The 2016 Ocean Shipping Consultants forecast shows continued growth in container trade through the west coast of Canada at a compound annual growth rate of about 4 percent, and reinforces the need for planned increases of capacity to ship goods in containers through the existing Deltaport and Centerm terminals in Vancouver and the Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert. The 2016 Ocean Shipping Consultants forecast also confirms that the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project will be needed by the mid-2020s.

Centerm Expansion Project

Centerm is an existing container terminal operated by DP World Vancouver on the south shore of Vancouver’s inner harbour. It is one of three primary container terminals in the Vancouver gateway and handles approximately one-fifth of the goods shipped in containers through the Port of Vancouver.

What is the proposed Centerm Expansion Project?

The proposed Centerm Expansion Project involves a series of changes to increase the number of containers that can be handled at the existing terminal by approximately two-thirds, from a current maximum annual capacity of 900,000 twenty-foot containers, to 1.5 million twenty-foot containers while only increasing the terminal footprint by 15 per cent.

These proposed changes include an expansion of the terminal area and reconfiguration of the terminal, and off-terminal road and rail improvements to increase efficiency and access along the south shore of Burrard Inlet.

The preliminary cost estimate for the proposed Centerm Expansion Project is approximately $350 million, excluding terminal operating systems and equipment.

Why is the project needed?

Trade of goods shipped in containers through Canada’s west coast is increasing. Forecasts show that Canada’s west coast needs to be able to handle four million more twenty-foot containers by 2030.

Would the project create new jobs?

The proposed Centerm Expansion Project is expected to provide local employment opportunities related to terminal operations. ln 2015, DP World Vancouver employed 157 staff, and the equivalent of 320 full-time lnternational Longshore and Warehouse Union workers. With the proposed project, there is an opportunity for up to 40 additional staff, and the equivalent of 290 additional full-time International Longshore and Warehouse Union workers, once the terminal reaches full operational capacity.

What is timeline for the project?

The project is currently in the preliminary design phase. The next step would be submitting an application for review under the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review Process. Should it be approved, construction of the project is anticipated to start in 2017 and be completed in late 2019.

CRAB Park at Portside

Since it opened in 1987, CRAB Park at Portside has been an important community green space in Vancouver’s downtown eastside and waterfront. The City of Vancouver’s Board of Parks and Recreation leases the park from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on a long-term basis.

The proposed Centerm Expansion Project does not physically touch the park nor does it include physical changes to the park. If the expansion to the west is approved, park users would see one additional large crane, smaller cranes, and some stacked containers (see rendering). The North Shore mountains would still be visible.

Preliminary Comment Period – Scope of Technical and Environmental Studies
January 18 – February 12, 2016 – COMPLETE

The preliminary comment period summary report, summarizing feedback received from January 18 to February 12, is available here.

A Consideration Report, which documents the Centerm Expansion Project team’s responses to that feedback received is available here.

Next Steps

All technical and environmental studies are being finalized and will be posted on this page should a permit application be submitted to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review Process.

Should the project proceed to the application phase, there would be other opportunities for public comment on the project.

To learn more:

If you would like to receive regular updates about the Centerm Expansion Project, please email us at centermexpansion@portvancouver.com or subscribe to our mailing list.



The proposed Centerm Expansion Project involves a series of changes to increase the number of containers that can be handled at the existing terminal from 900,000 TEUs to 1.5 million TEUs, while only increasing the terminal footprint by 15 per cent. These proposed changes include an expansion of the terminal area and reconfiguration of the terminal, and off-terminal road and rail improvements to increase efficiency and access along the south shore of Burrard Inlet.

News

  • The Consultation Summary Report and Consideration Report, documenting the preliminary comment period and the Centerm Expansion Project (CEP) team’s responses to feedback received, are now available.

  • The 2016 Ocean Shipping Consultants forecast shows continued growth in container trade through the west coast of Canada at a compound annual growth rate of about 4 percent, and reinforces the need for planned increases of capacity to ship goods in containers through the existing Deltaport and Centerm terminals in Vancouver and the Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert. The 2016 Ocean Shipping Consultants forecast also confirms that the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project will be needed by the mid-2020s.

Centerm Expansion Project

Centerm is an existing container terminal operated by DP World Vancouver on the south shore of Vancouver’s inner harbour. It is one of three primary container terminals in the Vancouver gateway and handles approximately one-fifth of the goods shipped in containers through the Port of Vancouver.

What is the proposed Centerm Expansion Project?

The proposed Centerm Expansion Project involves a series of changes to increase the number of containers that can be handled at the existing terminal by approximately two-thirds, from a current maximum annual capacity of 900,000 twenty-foot containers, to 1.5 million twenty-foot containers while only increasing the terminal footprint by 15 per cent.

These proposed changes include an expansion of the terminal area and reconfiguration of the terminal, and off-terminal road and rail improvements to increase efficiency and access along the south shore of Burrard Inlet.

The preliminary cost estimate for the proposed Centerm Expansion Project is approximately $350 million, excluding terminal operating systems and equipment.

Why is the project needed?

Trade of goods shipped in containers through Canada’s west coast is increasing. Forecasts show that Canada’s west coast needs to be able to handle four million more twenty-foot containers by 2030.

Would the project create new jobs?

The proposed Centerm Expansion Project is expected to provide local employment opportunities related to terminal operations. ln 2015, DP World Vancouver employed 157 staff, and the equivalent of 320 full-time lnternational Longshore and Warehouse Union workers. With the proposed project, there is an opportunity for up to 40 additional staff, and the equivalent of 290 additional full-time International Longshore and Warehouse Union workers, once the terminal reaches full operational capacity.

What is timeline for the project?

The project is currently in the preliminary design phase. The next step would be submitting an application for review under the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review Process. Should it be approved, construction of the project is anticipated to start in 2017 and be completed in late 2019.

CRAB Park at Portside

Since it opened in 1987, CRAB Park at Portside has been an important community green space in Vancouver’s downtown eastside and waterfront. The City of Vancouver’s Board of Parks and Recreation leases the park from the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on a long-term basis.

The proposed Centerm Expansion Project does not physically touch the park nor does it include physical changes to the park. If the expansion to the west is approved, park users would see one additional large crane, smaller cranes, and some stacked containers (see rendering). The North Shore mountains would still be visible.

Preliminary Comment Period – Scope of Technical and Environmental Studies
January 18 – February 12, 2016 – COMPLETE

The preliminary comment period summary report, summarizing feedback received from January 18 to February 12, is available here.

A Consideration Report, which documents the Centerm Expansion Project team’s responses to that feedback received is available here.

Next Steps

All technical and environmental studies are being finalized and will be posted on this page should a permit application be submitted to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review Process.

Should the project proceed to the application phase, there would be other opportunities for public comment on the project.

To learn more:

If you would like to receive regular updates about the Centerm Expansion Project, please email us at centermexpansion@portvancouver.com or subscribe to our mailing list.



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  • Why is the Centerm Terminal expansion necessary?
    Tam asked 19 days ago

    Trade of goods shipped in containers through Canada’s west coast is increasing. Third-party international consulting firm Ocean Shipping Consultants is forecasting that container traffic through Canada’s Pacific Gateway will increase by nearly three million 20-foot equivalent unit (TEUs) containers by 2030 (view the report).