Columbia Containers | Partial Bight Infill

October 24, 2017

Project status

Permit under review

In December 2017, Columbia Containers Ltd. submitted a project permit application for the Partial Bight Infill project in Vancouver, British Columbia on federal lands and waters managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

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

About the project

Columbia Containers occupies two contiguous lease areas that are “pinched” by a marine bight that extends southward from Burrard Inlet. The transportation corridor south of the marine bight links the container storage area in the west with the rail-to-truck transloading area in the east. The corridor accommodates rail cars, container-laden semi-trucks and forklifts, and general access for workers and vehicles. Circulation is somewhat constrained in this area, resulting in Columbia Containers utilizing a portion of Commissioner Street to augment their internal circulation requirements.

Columbia Containers proposes to widen this internal corridor to facilitate more efficient internal circulation, enable discontinuation of their use of Commissioner Street for internal operations, and better service their new Transloading Facility and Silos project (PER Project Permit no. 13-123), all by infilling the foreshore northward by approximately 18 m. Columbia Containers does not propose to extend the retaining wall encroachment seaward of low water level (LWL).

The proposed fill will impact both marine riparian vegetation that was previously placed to mitigate the construction of the existing lock block retaining wall (and the fill behind it), as well as additional marine vegetation seaward of this mark, both intertidal and subtidal. Marine riparian vegetation constitutes fish habitat, and its loss will need to be offset with new marine riparian plantings and other mitigations nearby.

Proposed project activities and components include:

Retaining wall and Infill

  • Deconstruction of the existing foreshore rip rap;
  • Re-utilization of approximately 800 m3 (28,252 ft3) of foreshore rip rap and removal of approximately 500 m3 (17,657 ft3) of foreshore rip rap;
  • Preparation and construction of the lock block wall pad foundation;
  • Construction of a lock block wall, with geogrid support, to a design height of approximately 7 m (23 ft.) from seabed;
  • Placement of rip rap armour protection seaward of lock block wall base;
  • Placement of backfill in lifts to design height, utilizing approximately 2,500 m3 (88,287 ft3) clean structural fill and 1,200 m3 (42,378 ft3) clear crushed rock;
  • Grading and paving of approximately 1,600 m2 (17,222 ft2) of reclaimed surface;
  • Extension of a Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (GVSDD) combined sewer outfall by approximately 5 m (16.4 ft.);
  • Installation of approximately 3 x 100 mm (4 inch) conduits to accommodate a future installation of telecommunications services; and,
  • Construction of two storm water catch basins and associated 150 mm (6 in) diameter pipe, designed to convey water to an existing outfall (via a new oil and grit separator, which is included within the scope of works of the New Transloading Facility and Silos Project (PER no. 13-123)).

Habitat Offsetting

  • Construction of habitat offsetting work at a site located approximately 400 m (1,313 ft.) to the east of the proposed bight infill area;
  • Placement of approximately 3,500 m3 (123,601 ft3) of rip rap and 300 m3 (10,594 ft3) of sand; and,
  • Habitat offsetting work to include the creation of approximately 497 m2 (5,350 ft2) of riparian fringe works, 480 m2 (5,167 ft2) of intertidal rip rap slope works with woody debris, 953 m2 (10,258 ft2) of intertidal beach works with boulders, and 670 m2 (7,212 ft2) of subtidal rip rap works.

Please note that all dimensions and quantities are approximate. Should the proposed project be approved, construction is expected to take approximately 4 months, with construction proposed to commence in February 2018. Although a majority of works will be constructed during standard construction hours (7 am to 8 pm, Monday to Saturday), much of the offsetting works and the first phase of the infill works (wall foundation) must be constructed at low tide, which occurs during night time hours in the winter/spring period. Proposed night works will last for approximately 6 weeks, excluding Sunday evenings/Monday mornings.

The proposed works will be undertaken from both the land side and water side of the proposed retaining wall and habitat offsetting area, and will together utilize a marine derrick, ocean barge, dump trucks, and associated earth moving equipment. A total of approximately 50 truckloads of material will leave the sites and 400 truckloads of material will enter the sites, for an average of 10-20 truckloads per day during hauling periods.

Resources

December 2017 – Project Permit Application Form: Columbia Containers Partial Bight Infill [PDF]
December 2017 – Project Permit Application Submission: Columbia Containers Partial Bight Infill [PDF]
December 2017 – Project Permit Application Bight Drawings: Columbia Containers Partial Bight Infill [PDF]
December 2017 – Project Permit Application Lock Block Wall Drawing: Columbia Containers Partial Bight Infill [PDF]
December 2017 – Project Permit Application Civil Drawings: Columbia Containers Partial Bight Infill [PDF]
December 2017 – Project Permit Application Offsetting Drawings: Columbia Containers Partial Bight Infill [PDF]
December 2017 – Project Permit Application Geotechnical Report: Columbia Containers Partial Bight Infill [PDF]
December 2017 – Project Permit Application Traffic Patterns Drawings: Columbia Containers Partial Bight Infill [PDF]
December 2017 – Project Permit Application Habitat Survey: Columbia Containers Partial Bight Infill [PDF]
December 2017 – Project Permit Application Site Survey: Columbia Containers Partial Bight Infill [PDF]
December 2017 – Project Permit Application DFO Application for Authorization: Columbia Containers Partial Bight Infill [PDF]
December 2017 – Project Permit Application DFO Supplementary Information: Columbia Containers Partial Bight Infill [PDF]
December 2017 – Project Permit Application Noise Assessment Checklist: Columbia Containers Partial Bight Infill [PDF]

Contact Information

For more information about Columbia Containers’ proposed project, please contact David Lord by email or phone at 604.649.5019.

For questions regarding the port authority’s Project and Environmental Review process, please contact Gord Tycho, Senior Planner, by email or phone at 604.665.9561.