Centerm Expansion Project

May 21, 2015

Project status

Permit under review

In December 2016, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Centerm Expansion Project team submitted a project permit application for a series of improvements to the Centerm container terminal and off-terminal road and rail.

The proposed Centerm Expansion Project includes a series of improvements at Centerm container terminal and port roads to help meet anticipated near-term demand for containers to be shipped through Vancouver. The application for a project permit also includes the proposed South Shore Access Project to improve infrastructure that would benefit the entire south shore port area. Collectively, they are referred to as the “project.” The proposed improvements are intended to increase terminal capacity from a current maximum of 900,000 containers (or TEUs) annually to 1.5 million annually. The project would include an increase to the terminal footprint by approximately 15 percent and reconfiguration of the terminal to increase the container capacity of Centerm.

The South Shore Access Project includes a new Centennial Road Overpass and an extension to Waterfront Road. These improvements would contribute to the port authority’s long-term objective to improve goods movement and access along the entire south shore port area. The improvements would address road congestion and increase efficiency within the port by removing three at-grade rail crossings for port users, and removing port-related traffic from surrounding roads, while providing a continuous port road to Highway 1.

As part of the Project and Environmental Review for the proposed project, consultation with the public, stakeholders and Aboriginal groups is required. The port authority is conducting formal consultation activities with stakeholders and Aboriginal groups as part of the permitting process.

Public consultation for the proposed Centerm Expansion Project, currently in application review, took place from February 20 to March 24, 2017.  The consultation period is now closed. Details on the consultation activities that occurred during this phase will be soon available here and on the Centerm Expansion Project webpage. A second round of consultation is also planned for mid-2017.

The Centerm Expansion Project team conducted a preliminary comment period between January 18 and February 12, 2016 to solicit early feedback on the proposed project and the scope of technical studies. For more information about the proposed project and information provided during the preliminary comment period, please visit the Centerm Expansion Project webpage.

Proposed project activities and components include:

Marine

  • Expanding the land area at both the west and east ends of the existing terminal. Approximately 4.2 hectares (ha) of marine area will be infilled on the west and 4 ha on the east
  • In-water marineworks include dredging to remove unstable substrates
  • Constructing new rock dykes
  • Infilling open water areas within the dykes
  • Dredging to enhance a navigational turning basin for the East Canada Place cruise ship berth in the area between Centerm and the SeaBus south terminal

Land

  • Removing existing warehouse structures and rehabilitating the Ballantyne Pier (while retaining the Ballantyne Pier heritage façade and constructing a new office and operations building)
  • Reconfiguring the terminal intermodal yard to extend the existing tracks
  • Removing the Heatley Avenue Overpass
  • Reconfiguring the terminal container yard
  • Establishing new storage facilities, increasing terminal parking
  • Reconfiguring the terminal entrance area
  • Upgrading terminal control systems and yard equipment
  • Replacing two quay cranes with larger versions, installing up to five new electrified rail mounted gantry cranes
  • Adding up to 20 new diesel-powered internal transfer vehicles

Off-terminal

  • Constructing an overpass to the entrance of the terminal (Centennial Road Overpass or CROP)
  • Removal of the Southern Railway rail crossing at Centennial Road
  • Rail yard modifications to the CP tracks south of the terminal
  • Westward extension to Waterfront Road

The proposed project is expected to be delivered using the design-build procurement model where the Design-Build Contractor provides the final design and executes construction based on the preliminary design and performance criteria. Please note that all dimensions and quantities are approximate. Should the proposed project be approved, construction of the project is anticipated to start in 2017 and be completed in late 2019.

Resources

March 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Display Boards [PDF]
February 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Discussion Guide [PDF]

November 2016 – Project Permit Application Form: Centerm Expansion Project [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Drawings Volume 1: CEP Location Plans [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Drawings Volume 2: CEP Terminal Layout [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Drawings Volume 3: CEP Marine Structures [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Drawings Volume 4: CEP Utilities and Lighting [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Drawings Volume 5: CEP Operations and Admin Buildings [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Drawings Volume 6: CEP Off-Terminal Works [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Drawings Volume 7: CEP Staging Plans [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: CEP Alternative Siting Report [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: CEP View and Shade Study [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: CEP Project Energy Study [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: CEP Traffic Impact Study [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: CEP South Shore Emergency Access Study [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: CEP Terminal Rail Operating Plan [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: CEP Air Transportation Impact Study [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: CEP Marine Transportation Impact Study [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: CEP Geotechnical Marine Summary [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: CEP Preliminary Comment Period Summary Report [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: CEP Preliminary Comment Period Consideration Report [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: CEP Summer 2016 Supplemental Engagement Materials [PDF]

Environmental studies

November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Table of Content: CEP Appendices and Abbreviations [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies: CEP Executive Summary [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 1: CEP Introductions [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 2: CEP Project Description [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 3: CEP Environmental Review Methodology [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 4: CEP Acoustic Environment [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 5: CEP Air Quality [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 6: CEP Greenhouse Gas Emissions [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 7: CEP Marine, Water and Sediment Quality [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 8: CEP Marine Resources [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 9: CEP Terrestrial Resources [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 10: CEP Archeological Resources [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 11: CEP Heritage Resources [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 12: CEP References [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: Environmental Studies_CEP Construction Environmental Management Plan [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: Environmental Studies_CEP Draft Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: Environmental Studies_CEP Draft Soil Management Plan [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: Environmental Studies_CEP Hazardous Materials Site Assessment [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Appendix A: CEP Noise [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Appendix B: CEP Air [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Appendix C: CEP Air Dispersion Modelling [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Appendix D: CEP Sediment [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Appendix E: CEP Surficial Sediment [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Appendix F: CEP Turbidity [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Appendix G: CEP Biophysical [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Appendix H: CEP Bird and Mammal [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Appendix I: CEP Archeological Overview [PDF]
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Appendix J: CEP Heritage [PDF]

Contact information

For questions regarding the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review Process, please contact Tim Blair, Senior Planner by email or phone at 604-665-9378.  To learn more about the proposed project, please go to the Centerm Expansion Project webpage or contact Liisa Hein, Manager Infrastructure Delivery by email or phone at 604.665.9646