Centerm Expansion Project

About the project

The Centerm Expansion Project is a proposed series of improvements to Centerm container terminal and port roads. It includes improvements at Centerm container terminal to help meet anticipated near-term demand for containers to be shipped through Vancouver. In addition, the application for a project permit 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.”

Subject to regulatory approvals, the on-terminal improvements would increase the maximum container handling capacity at Centerm by two-thirds, from 900,000 twenty-foot equivalent unit containers (TEUs) to 1.5 million TEUs. 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.

The proposed Centerm Expansion Project is subject to review under the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s project and environmental review process. The proposed project is in the application review stage of this process. Review the application, and technical and environmental studies, on the project permit application page.

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

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View of Centerm terminal as seen from CRAB Park at Portside today.
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The proposed Centerm Expansion Project as seen from CRAB Park at Portside beach.

Current status

The Centerm Expansion Project is currently being reviewed under the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s project and environmental review process. Procurement for the proposed project has been extended to accommodate extra due diligence being done through the permitting process. Should the project be approved, it is anticipated that construction would begin in 2018.

The proposed project is being procured according to a design-build implementation strategy, where a single contractor will be responsible for both designing and building the project within criteria provided by the project team. Information related to construction methods and timing is anticipated and is subject to change through further project development.

Project procurement

A Request for Qualifications (Q161123-44) to identify qualified contractors to design and build the proposed Centerm Expansion Project, was issued in October 2016 and closed in November 2016.

Three qualified teams have been shortlisted to participate in the next stage of the competitive process to select a design build contractor for the Centerm Expansion Project. For more information, read the design build contractor shortlist announcement.

Public consultation

Complete: Application Review Phase – Round 2 Public Consultation May 15 to June 2, 2017

From May 15 to June 2, 2017, the project team consulted with the public and stakeholders as part of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review process. Consultation methods included a discussion guide and feedback form  available at porttalk.ca/centermexpansion, as well as two open houses.

During this round of consultation, participants were invited to learn more about and provide feedback on proposed project construction activities, details regarding a proposed community investment program, and how we considered feedback from Round 1 consultation (February 20 – March 24, 2017). You can read the Round 2 discussion guide, summary report and consideration report below.

Complete: Application Review Phase – Round 1 Public Consultation February 20 to March 24, 2017

From February 20 to March 24, 2017, the project team consulted with the public and stakeholders as part of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review process. Consultation methods included a discussion guide and feedback form on available at porttalk.ca/centermexpansion, as well as three drop-in and two small group meetings.

During this round of consultation, participants were invited to learn more about and provide feedback on the project’s proposed design of on-terminal and off-terminal works, results of technical and environmental studies, anticipated construction activities, and a proposed community investment program. You can read the Round 1 discussion guide, summary report and consideration report below.

Resources

July 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Consultation Consideration Report [PDF]
June 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Summary Report [PDF]
June 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Summary Report Appendices [PDF]
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Discussion Paper and Feedback Form [PDF]
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 2 Display Boards [PDF]
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Consideration Report [PDF]
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Consultation Summary Report [PDF]
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Consultation Summary Report Appendices [PDF]
March 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Display Boards [PDF]
February 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Application Review Phase Round 1 Discussion Guide and Feedback Form [PDF]
November 2016 – Centerm Expansion Project – Project and Environmental Review Project Permit Application
November 2016 – Centerm Expansion Project Summer 2016 Supplemental Engagement Materials [PDF]
August 2016 – Centerm Expansion Project Preliminary Comment Period Consideration Report [PDF]
March 2016 – Centerm Expansion Project Preliminary Comment Period Summary Report [PDF]

Public enquiries regarding the Centerm Expansion Project

For questions regarding the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review Process, please contact Tim Blair, Planning Supervisor by email or phone at 604-665-9378.  To learn more about the proposed project, please phone at 604.665.9563  or email us at centerm.expansion@portvancouver.com