Centerm Expansion Project

May 21, 2015

Project status

Permit issued

On April 18, 2018 a project permit was approved for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s project to build a series of improvements at the Centerm container terminal, and off-terminal road and rail facilities on federal lands and water managed by the port authority. The terminal is located at 777 Centennial Road, in Vancouver, British Columbia. The project was approved subject to 86 permit conditions that the permit holder must meet to ensure the project is constructed safely, protects the environment, and in consideration of local communities does not result in significant adverse environmental effects.

Construction is anticipated to begin in late 2018 and be completed by spring, 2022.

For more information about the project, including construction activities, please see the Centerm Expansion Project section on our website. For information about the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority permitting process, please contact [email protected] or call 604-665-9047.

 

About the project:

The Centerm Expansion Project includes a series of improvements at the Centerm container terminal and port roads to help meet anticipated near-term demand for containers to be shipped through Vancouver. The project also includes the South Shore Access Project which will improve infrastructure that would benefit the entire south shore port area. The improvements will increase terminal capacity from a peak capacity of 900,000 containers (or TEUs) to 1.5 million TEUs annually. The project includes an increase to the terminal footprint by approximately 15 per cent and reconfiguration of the terminal to increase container throughput capacity.

The South Shore Access Project includes a new Centennial Road Overpass and an extension to Waterfront Road. These improvements will contribute to the port authority’s long-term objective to improve goods movement and access along the entire south shore port area. The improvements will 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 from Main Street to Highway 1.

General description:

Marine

  • Expanding the land area at both the west and east ends of the existing terminal
  • In-water marine works 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 conversion into 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 rail yard south of the terminal
  • Westward extension to Waterfront Road

The list of works above is a summary. For a complete list of the works, see Project Permit 15-012.

Resources:

April 18, 2018 Centerm Expansion Project – Permit – PER 15-012 [PDF]  
April 18, 2018 Project and Environmental Review Report Centerm Expansion Project [PDF]  
April 18, 2018 Final Permit Drawings A-K Centerm Expansion Project [PDF]  

October 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Updated Terminal Layout [PDF]  
October 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Reconfiguration Canfisco Parking Lot [PDF]   
July 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Consideration Report – Round 2 Public Consultation
 [PDF]  
June 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Consultation Summary Report – Round 2 Public Consultation
[PDF]  
June 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Consultation Summary Report – Round 2 Public Consultation Appendices [PDF]  
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Discussion Paper and Feedback Form – Round 2 Public Consultation [PDF]  
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Display Boards – Round 2 Public Consultation [PDF]  
May 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Addendum to PER Application [PDF]  
April 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Consultation Summary Report – Round 1 Public Consultation [PDF]  
April 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Consultation Summary Report – Round 1 Public Consultation Appendices [PDF]  
April 2017 – Centerm Expansion Project Consideration Report – Round 1 Public Consultation [PDF]  
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

New and updated reports:

To address comments raised during the application review phase, the Centerm Expansion Project Team were required to revisit certain technical studies in order to support the review process. The following five new and revised documents and their appendices below, dated March 2018, will help the port authority make a decision on the project.

March 2018 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 4: CEP Acoustic Environment [PDF]  
March 2018 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Appendix A: CEP Acoustic Environment [PDF]  
March 2018 – Project Permit Application Environmental Air Assessment [PDF]  
March 2018 – Project Permit Application Environmental Air Assessment: Appendices 1 and 2 [PDF]  
March 2018 – Project Permit Application Environmental Air Assessment: Appendices 3 and 4 [PDF]  
March 2018 – Conceptual Offsetting Plan [PDF]  
March 2018 – Water Quality Turbidity and TSS Management Report [PDF]  
March 2018 – Drafter TSS/Turbidity Monitoring Plan [PDF]  

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]   Superseded by new Chapter 4: Acoustic Environment document submitted March 2018
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 5: CEP Air Quality [PDF]   Superseded by new Environmental Air Assessment document submitted March 2018
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Chapter 6: CEP Greenhouse Gas Emissions [PDF]   Superseded by new Environmental Air Assessment document submitted March 2018
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
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]   (Updated March 2018)
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: Environmental Studies CEP Draft Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan [PDF]   (Updated March 2018)
November 2016 – Project Permit Application: Environmental Studies CEP Draft Soil Management Plan [PDF]   (Updated March 2018)
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]   Superseded by new Appendix A: CEP Acoustic Environment submitted March 2018
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Appendix B: CEP Air [PDF]   Superseded by new Environmental Air Assessment: Appendices 1 and 2, and Appendices 3 and 4, submitted March 2018
November 2016 – Project Permit Application Environmental Studies Appendix C: CEP Air Dispersion Modelling [PDF]   Superseded by new Environmental Air Assessment: Appendices 1 and 2, and Appendices 3 and 4, submitted March 2018
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
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, Planning Supervisor by email or phone at 604-665-9378.  To learn more about the proposed project, please go to the Centerm Expansion Project section on our website, or contact Liisa Hein, Manager Infrastructure Delivery by email or phone at 604.665.9646