Vancouver Fraser Port Authority | Annacis Auto Terminal Optimization Project
Permit under review
In February 2022, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (the Applicant) submitted a project permit application to undertake works that will allow the consolidation of two existing auto terminal operations (Annacis Auto Terminal and Richmond Auto Terminal) to the Annacis Auto Terminal site. The site is located at 820 Dock Road, Delta (on Annacis Island in the Fraser River) on federal lands managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.
Port authority-led engagement and consultation
As part of the Project and Environmental Review for the proposed project under the Impact Assessment Act, the proposed project was posted on the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry with an opportunity for public comment between February 23 and March 24, 2022.
On April 1, 2022, Transport Canada notified the port authority that they were providing funding for the project under the National Trade Corridors Fund. This required a new notice of intent be posted to the Canadian Impact Assessment Registry, and a new 30-calendar day opportunity for public comment period between April 28 and May 27, 2022.
The port authority will conduct formal consultation activities with stakeholders and Indigenous groups as part of the Project and Environmental Review process.
Applicant-led public engagement
As part of the Project and Environmental Review process, the Applicant is required to solicit public feedback on the proposed project, results of technical studies and proposed mitigation measures.
The public engagement period for the proposed project has now closed. Between February 23 and March 29, 2022 the Applicant invited public comments on their proposed project. The Applicant also hosted an online information session on Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. on CivilSpace.
The summary of the public engagement and consideration report of how feedback was considered is posted below and on the Applicant’s website. The port authority will consider all feedback received from the public, stakeholders and Indigenous groups as part of the Project and Environmental Review of the proposed project.
About the project
The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority owns two properties on the Main Arm of the Fraser River that are currently leased to Wallenius Wilhelmsen Solutions (WWS) and which are utilized for the import of automobiles that are manufactured overseas. These terminals are the Annacis Auto Terminal (AAT) located on the north bank of the Fraser River at the upstream end of Annacis Island, and the Richmond Terminal (RT) located on the north bank of the Fraser River upstream of the George Massey Tunnel.
The Applicant proposes to optimize the AAT facility to be able to handle the combined throughput of WWS operations. This project is expected to increase the annual terminal capacity of AAT from approximately 352,000 vehicles to 480,000 vehicles.
The following improvements are proposed:
- Enhancement of the existing rail capacity through the extension of existing track sidings and the addition of new track sidings to increase the rate of vehicle imports
- Installation of electric vehicle charging stations and the infrastructure needed for future expansion to suit future consumer demand and government climate action policies
- Demolition, replacement and refurbishment of existing terminal buildings and other vehicle processing and handling facilities in order to optimize terminal operations, including:
- Ground improvements after the pre-existing buildings have been demolished and removed in order to prepare the ground for the construction of the new Processing Building
Project activities and components
- Expansion of the Rail Side 1 and Rail Side 2 railyards:
- Extension of tracks 1, 2 and 3 on Rail Side 1 to accommodate an additional twelve (12) rail cars on each extension, with loading pads positioned between blocks of six (6) rail cars
- Addition of four new tracks and switches to Rail Side 2 that will accommodate six (6) additional rail cars on each track, to run parallel to existing Tracks 5 through 8. The new Tracks will be built to the east and parallel to Track 8.
- Installation of electric charging stations:
- Installation of the infrastructure and equipment to support up to eight (8) electric car charging stations, and installation of four (4) electric car charging stations
- Demolition and replacement of existing facilities and addition of facilities:
- Demolition of Building Accessory Shop #2
- Demolition of Building Mechanical Shop #1
- Demolition of the Paint and Body Shop to slab level, with the exception of the electrical enclosure at the northwest corner of the building which would remain
- Demolition of the Shed and Canopy attached to the Parts Warehouse
- Construction of a New Processing Building and associated ground improvement works, to be located between the existing Parts Warehouse and Accessory Shop #1
- Replacement of the asphalt floor in the Parts Warehouse with a concrete floor
- Pavement resurfacing and utilities as required for the above items
- Miscellaneous yard rehabilitation, including but not limited to pavement resurfacing, drainage and other utility adjustments, access control, security, and pavement markings
Should the proposed project be approved, construction is expected to begin in fall 2022 and be complete in fall 2023.
Studies, assessments and reports
June 2022 – Updated Archeological Overview Assessment: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Annacis Auto Terminal Optimization Project [Confidential: Received and under review]
To provide feedback on Applicant’s proposed project, please go to the applicant’s website (portvancouver.civilspace.io/en/projects/annacis-auto-terminal-optimization-project), or contact them by email or phone at 604.665.9004.
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