Global Container Terminals Canada Inc. | Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration

July 13, 2015

Project status

Permit issued

On October 8, 2015, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority issued a project permit (PP 2015-029) to Global Container Terminals Canada Inc. (GCT Canada) to reconfigure the Deltaport Container Terminal’s intermodal yard, including new container handling equipment, as well as construction of a new rail maintenance facility building and associated infrastructure upgrades at the facility.

About the project

In May 2015 GCT Canada submitted a project permit application to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority to reconfigure the intermodal yard including new container handling equipment, as well as construction of a new rail maintenance facility building and associated infrastructure upgrades at the Deltaport Container Terminal.

This work is part of the Deltaport Terminal, Road and Rail Improvement Project (DTRRIP), which consists of a series of improvements to the existing facility at Roberts Bank, Delta, British Columbia. The expected increase in terminal container handling capacity remains the same as the original intermodal yard concept that was included in the approved environmental assessment for DTRRIP.

The proposed development includes combining the existing two sets of four rail tracks at the terminal into one set of eight tracks, reconfiguring internal vehicle circulation and parking within the terminal and replacing the seven existing 10 to 20 year old manually-operated container cranes within the rail intermodal yard with eight modern wide-span container cranes.

The objective of the project is to enable greater efficiencies in terminal operation allowing the existing marine container terminal to handle an additional 600,000 twenty-foot containers (TEUs) annually to achieve an overall maximum throughput of 2.4 million TEUs per year within the existing terminal footprint. The project will also improve workplace safety by optimizing internal traffic flow, thereby eliminating terminal tractor blockages with trains arriving and departing Deltaport terminal every hour of the current 24 hours-per-day, seven days-per-week operation.

The application also includes a proposed rail maintenance building on the west side of terminal POD 3 to service rail container handling equipment as well as a smaller truck portal building and demolition of two sheds within the terminal.

The project design proposes environmental protection and mitigation measures to ensure that environmental impacts can be minimized.

As part of the application process, GCT Canada is required to undertake municipal and community engagement for this application. Specifics of the proposed project include:

  • reconfiguration of eight (8) intermodal rail tracks within the terminal, the existing eight (8) rail tracks that are currently arranged in two (2) distinct sets of four (4) tracks are proposed to be combined into one set of eight (8) tracks
  • removal of seven (7) existing manually-operated rail mounted container cranes in the intermodal yard
  • installation of eight (8) modern wide span rail mounted container cranes
  • construction of a new 4000 m² (42,300 ft²) rail maintenance building on the west side of terminal POD 3. The proposed rail maintenance building will be 15 m (48.0 ft) high to service container handling equipment and house GCT Canada workforce
  • construction of a truck portal building with two drive-through lanes in the intermodal yard. The proposed truck portal building will be 8 m (25.0 ft) high and will scan trucks entering the yard
  • replacement of existing site lighting within the intermodal yard with energy efficient LED light fixtures. Two (2) existing high mast light poles would be relocated and four (4) existing low mast light poles having flood lamps would be replaced with high mast poles having LED light fixtures to provide greater uniformity of light at ground level within the intermodal yard and reduce light glare
  • no new connections and utility services are proposed.  Modification of existing water, sewer, stormwater and electrical utilities will be done inside the terminal
  • road access within the terminal would be reconfigured including access to both the intermodal yard as well as to the new rail maintenance facility and adjacent areas in the terminal
  • demolition of one (1) existing air compressor shed approximately 38 m² (400.0 ft²) and one (1) 2.0 m² (19.7-foot ft²) in-gate driver shed
  • 153 passenger vehicle parking spaces are proposed for the new maintenance facility
  • container transfer staging area consisting of 203 truck parking spaces and 14 overflow parking spaces along the length of the working track within the reconfigured intermodal yard
  • two (2) temporary rail tracks will be installed in the intermodal yard and will operate during the construction period to maintain terminal operations while the new intermodal yard is being constructed
  • new train portal will be installed at the terminal for identification of rail cars arriving at the facility

Construction will take approximately 30 months to complete.

Resources

March 2017 – Approved Project Permit Amendment No. 2: Global Container Terminals Canada Inc. Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration Project Two New Ship to Shore Container Cranes [PDF]
July 2016 – Approved Project Permit Amendment: Global Container Terminals Canada Inc. Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration Project [PDF]
July 2016 – Complete Drawing Package for Permit Amendment: Global Container Terminals Canada Inc. Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration Project [PDF]
October 2015 – Approved Project Permit: Global Container Terminals Canada Inc. Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration Project [PDF]
October 2015 – Project and Environmental Review Report: Global Container Terminals Canada Inc. Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration Project [PDF]
October 2015 – Complete Drawing Package: Global Container Terminals Canada Inc. Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration [PDF]
August 2015 – Backup Alarm Noise Overview Assessment: Global Container Canada Terminals Inc. Intermodal Yard Configuration Project [PDF]
April 2015 – Project Permit Application: Global Container Terminals Canada Inc. Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration [PDF]
March 2015 – Geotechnical Report: Global Container Terminals Canada Inc. Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration [PDF]

Consultation materials

July 2015 (revised September 2015) – Engagement Summary Report: Global Container Terminals Canada Inc. Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration [PDF]
July 2015 – Input Consideration Report: Global Container Terminals Canada Inc. Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration [PDF]
June 2015 – Open House Display Boards: Global Container Terminals Canada Inc. Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration [PDF]
June 2015 – Open House Fact Sheet: Global Container Terminals Canada Inc. Intermodal Yard Reconfiguration [PDF]

Contact information

To learn more about GCT Canada’s project, please contact Louanne Wong, GCT Inc. at 604.267.5200.

For questions regarding the  port authority’s Project and Environmental Review process, please contact us by email or phone at 604.665.9570..