Proposed Centerm Expansion Project proceeds to formal project and environmental review
Vancouver, B.C.: The Centerm Expansion Project has entered the formal federal authority project and environmental review process with the submission of a project permit application for a series of improvements to the Centerm container terminal and off-terminal road and rail infrastructure.
Public consultation for the proposed project is expected to begin in early 2017. A round of consultation to get early community input on the scope of technical and environmental studies was conducted by an independent consultant and concluded on February 12, 2016. The summary report, details on the upcoming consultation activities over the course of the project review, and a link for interested parties to sign-up to receive project-related news and advisories is available on the project webpage.
Centerm is an existing container terminal operated by DP World Vancouver on the south shore of Vancouver’s inner harbour. The proposed $454 million project is part of the port authority’s plans to accommodate Canada’s growing trade with Asia. The proposed project would see a 15 per cent increase in federal terminal lands, increasing the capacity of the terminal by two thirds. Containers are used to ship Canadian grain, lumber and other resources and food products, and to import consumer and manufacturing goods.
Canada Port Authorities, including the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, are financially self-sufficient agents of the Crown that do not use tax dollars and are required to reinvest revenues into improving port operations and infrastructure.
About the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. It is accountable to the federal minister of transport and operates pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The port authority manages the Port of Vancouver, which is Canada’s largest port and the third largest tonnage port in North America, responsible for Canada’s trade with more than 170 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the Port of Vancouver is responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, and integrates environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. Enabling the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods in 2015, the port sustains an estimated 100,000 supply-chain jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $9.7 billion in GDP across Canada.
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