Westshore | Berth 2 Mooring Dolphin Upgrades

June 12, 2020

Project status
Permit amendment issued

In March 2022, amendment PER No. 19-187-01 was issued to Applicant. The amendment approved extending the expiry date.  The project is located at Berth 2 of its terminal in Delta, British Columbia. This project is on federal lands managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

About the proposed amendment:

Westshore Terminals Limited Partnership proposes to upgrade four (4) existing mooring dolphins (piles) at Berth 2 of its terminal at 1 Roberts Bank, Delta starting on September 1, 2023. This would require an extension to the approved Westshore Terminals Berth 2 Mooring Dolphin Upgrades (PER No. 19-187) which has an expiry date of February 28, 2022.

The project has been delayed due to supply chain delays, scheduling conflicts and the global price of coal. These delays indicate  the project will not be completed prior to February 28, 2022, and therefore, an extension to the validity of the permit is needed. There are no changes to construction activities or the scope of the work outlined in the approved permit.

Permit issued

In April 2020, a project permit was issued to Westshore Terminals Limited Partnership (the Applicant), to upgrade four existing mooring dolphins at Berth 2 of its terminal in Delta, British Columbia, on federal lands managed by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

The project was approved subject to 39 permit conditions that Westshore Terminals Limited Partnership must meet to ensure the project does not result in significant adverse environmental effects.

About the project

The four existing mooring dolphins (each made up of multiple steel piles) were originally designed for vessels with a capacity of 100,000 dead weight tonnes but are now handling vessels up to 185,000 dead weight tonnes. Marine inspections on the dolphins indicate that the dolphins are approaching end-of-life and they need to be replaced.

The project will be completed during two planned terminal shutdowns that are each approximately 24 days long. This work is expected to occur in the summer of 2020. Works are proposed to occur 24 hours per day during shutdowns. Louder activities, such as pile driving, will be restricted to standard daytime working hours. Construction will be carried out by a marine contractor and will include pile removal, pile installation, and metal works for fender removal. New dolphins will be designed to have fewer but higher capacity piles. The design criteria is for berthing vessels of 185,000 dead weight tonnes that is 75% loaded.

Contact information

For questions regarding the Project and Environmental Review of the proposed project, please contact Spencer Chaisson, Environmental Coordinator, by email or phone at 604.665.9389.