Viterra Pacific Elevators | Shipping Upgrade Project

May 21, 2015

Project status

Permits issued

On July 2, 2015, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority issued the final project permit (Ship Loading System Upgrade PP 2014-081) to Viterra Pacific Elevators (Viterra) for operational upgrades at its existing Pacific Terminal located at 1803 Stewart Street. Viterra facilities are under lease with the port authority, and are located in Vancouver. All permit applications have been issued for projects at the Pacific Terminal. Permit applications:

  • dredging (PP 2014-006) – Permit issued
  • structural, seismic and electrical upgrades (PP 2014-044) – Permit issued
  • ship loading system upgrade (PP 2014-081) – Permit issued
  • modernization of dust control systems (PP 2014-036) – Permit issued

The project permits, including conditions, are available below.

Dreding project

On September 11, 2014, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority issued a project permit (PP 2014-006) to Viterra for dredging at their existing Pacific Terminal. Viterra’s proposal included dredging approximately 34,372 m3 of material from the Pacific basin (from -10.6 m depth to -13.7 m depth) to accommodate Panamax vessels throughout the basin between PACI Jetty and Lapointe Pier. Specifics of the proposal included:

  • dredging equipment consists of a barge-mounted 200-tonne hydraulic excavator modified with a heavy duty dredging bucket capable of breaking through the dense underlying sediment
  • sediment will be mechanically excavated and placed on either a flat, or hopper barge
  • GPS controls will allow for precise (+/- 10 cm) bucket positioning, which in turn will enable separation of sediment for sampling purposes
  • sediment sampling will occur during dredging activities, in accordance with disposal at sea (DAS) requirements. Sediment that meets the DAS permit requirements will be transported by barge to the disposal site, anticipated to be the Point Grey disposal site. Sediment that does not meet the DAS requirements will be transported to an appropriate upland location
  • project anticipated to take approximately two-to-three months from start date to completion

Resources

December 2013 – Dredging Application: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
September 2014 – Engagement Summary Report: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
September 2014 – Consideration Memo: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
September 2014 – Approved Project Permit Dredging (PP 2014-006): Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]

Structural, Seismic, and Electrical Upgrades Project

On October 6, 2014, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority issued a project permit to Viterra for the Structural, Seismic, and Electrical Upgrades Project at Pacific Terminal. Viterra is currently serviced by two separate BC hydrocircuits, which terminate at two (2) substations referred to as the PAC1 and PAC2 substations. Viterra’s proposal included upgrading the PAC2 substation building by modifying both the building envelope and foundation, as well as the interior electrical equipment. Similar electrical upgrades were undertaken in PAC1 in the summer of 2013. The PAC2 project is required to support increased motor loads that, in turn, will support future increases in material handling capacities at the Pacific Terminal facility. Specifics of the proposal included:

  • demolition of two non-structural interior walls
  • structural capacity upgrades (prior to installation of new electrical gear)
  • replacement of east stairway
  • repositioning of the landing onto the north apron
  • installing new switching equipment, increasing in transformer capacity from 1.5 MVA to 4 MVA, increasing in overall substation capacity to 6 MVA  – all in coordination with BC Hydro
  • installing five new motor control centres to provide motor control for the proposed new ship loading system, proposed material handling upgrades, and proposed dust control upgrades
  • additional fire separation capacity will be added to the building ceiling system

Specifics of the PAC2 substation electrical cable feeder system include:

  • the substation is presently serviced by an electrical feeder system (cable) that travels southward from the substation to, and beyond, the property line, via a combination of underground trenching and above ground poles
  • Viterra is discontinuing the existing underground electrical feeder system and proposes to construct a new above ground silo-mounted electrical tray system along the west face of Pacific 2 silo complex

Resources

Febuary 2014 – Structural, Structural, Seismic and Electrical Upgrades Application: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
September 2014 – Engagement Summary Report: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
September 2014 – Consideration Memo: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
October 2014 – Approved Project Permit (PP 2014-044): Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]

Ship Loading System Upgrade Project

On July 2, 2015 the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority issued a project permit to Viterra for a ship loading system upgrade at its existing Pacific Terminal. The new ship loading system will be constructed at an existing dock facility located on the Lapointe Pier side of the facility. Specifics of the proposal included:

  • construction of a 2800 mtph ship loading system on Lapointe Pier capable of loading Post Panamax vessels up to 38 m beam
  • ship loading system will be capable of 180 m travel and be fed with a new yard belt complete with cover belt system
  • new marine berth will be constructed to support a vessel with a length overall of up to 245 m
  • ship loader will utilize a Cleveland Cascades dust control cute for handling pulse crops and provide the optimum in control of fugitive dust emissions. Operating length of the spout will be 19 m

Resources

April 2014 – Ship Loading System Upgrade Application: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
September 2014 – Engagement Summary Report: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
September 2014 – Consideration Memo: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
October 2014 – Noise Assessment: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
February 2015 – Building Permit Drawings: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
March 2015 – Air Quality Assessment: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
July 2015 – Approved Project Permit (PP 2014-081): Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]

Modernization of Dust Control Systems Project

On December 23, 2014, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority issued a project permit to Viterra for the modernization of dust control systems at its existing Pacific Terminal.Viterra’s material handling and cleaning of pulse crops and canola generates significant dust which must be managed to maintain a safe workplace and environment. Viterra’s proposal involved modernizing the facility’s processing dust control systems, which included dust control filters, fans, ducting systems, and material handling equipment. Specifics of the proposal included:

  • installing ten (10) collection filters and one (1) transportation filter to prepare the facility for meeting future ASHRAE/HRSDC suspended dust standards as well as preparing for modernization of the facility for increased throughput
  • filters are to be installed on a new elevated structure located between Pacific 1 and Pacific 2 Storage Buildings. Vehicle and truck access will continue below the structure.
  • a total of five (5) existing filters will be eliminated and demolished under this phase of site improvements
  • the elevated structure will also include the installation of a new truck load out system (including a 45 ton holding bin) capable of loading Super B trucks, and this system will eventually replace the one situated on the North Apron of Pacific 1 Workhouse when future in-house infrastructure distribution changes support relocation of the truck loading area (in and around 2018)
  • anticipated time of completion for this phase of the dust control system modernization is approximately fifteen months from the start of the project

Resources

February 2014 – Modernization of Dust Control Systems Application: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
September 2014 – Engagement Summary Report: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
September 2014 – Consideration Memo: Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]
December 2014 – Approved Project Permit (PP 2014-036): Viterra Shipping Upgrade Project [PDF]

Contact information

For questions regarding the port authority’ s Project and Environment Review Process, please contact us by email or phone at 604.665.9047. To learn more about Viterra’s projects, please contact Peter Idema, Manager, Terminal Engineering and Maintenance by email or phone at 604.293.6204, or visit Viterra’s website.