GCT Canada has announced the completion of the final two tracks of the GCT Deltaport Intermodal Rail Yard Expansion Project as it looks to increase its container handling capacity and efficiency.
The project is the second $232 million (CAN$300 million) privately funded stage of the multi-phased expansion of the Deltaport Terminal and Rail Improvement Project (DTRRIP), a collaboration with the Port Authority and the Province of British Columbia.
The company said the project ensures the region will remain competitive to meet projected carrier rail demand for the Canadian and US markets, without any effect on local traffic.
Furthermore, GCT Canada claimed the project improve safety, increase rail capacity, improve operational performance and provide surge and recovery capacity.
On the environmental front it will decrease noise and greenhouse gas emissions with the introduction of modernised electric equipment and cut light pollution as a result of the new energy-efficient LED lights.
Doran Grosman, President and CEO of GCT, said, “Integrity and reliability of the supply chain is more important than ever as affirmed by the events of this year.
“The completion of this project will provide our customers and Canadians with the peace of mind to know that GCT has the capacity and capability to get them what they need when they need it. GCT Deltaport Rail Yard is fully operational and ready for Canadian winters.”
Peter Xotta, Vice President, Planning and Operations, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, also commented, “As a Canada Port Authority, we’re mandated to protect the environment and consider communities that neighbour the port, while ensuring port infrastructure is in place to handle our country’s expected growth in trade.
“GCT’s completion of its intermodal rail yard expansion is a welcome achievement towards that effort, demonstrating the port’s readiness to grow with trade demand.”