In a bid to better serve larger truck fleets, more than 2225ha of land over the next 20 years is currently required for three pending terminal expansion projects in Canada, creating an additional capacity of 3.6 million TEU per year, however, this is land that the region does not have access to, according to 24 hours Vancouver.
Robin Silvester, CEO of Port Metro Vancouver said that the region only has around 404ha.
He said: “Beyond that, we have very very few options. It needs to be large parcels, it needs to be close to the rail network and the nearer it is to the port the better, because the further away you move, the more truck traffic you need and the more environmental impact that has.
“We have to have a regional dialogue to really find ways to address the problem in the long term.”
The planned port expansions are Deltaport, which is expected to add 600,000 TEU per year through port efficiencies; Centerm, operated by DP World Vancouver, which would add another 600,000 TEU, and the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project, expected to add 2.4 million TEU per year.
It was previously reported by PTI that GCT’s Deltaport had made headway with its intermodal yard configuration project, which will ensure that projected carrier-rail demand is met in the US and Canada.