The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has awarded a large-scale port project for the design and construction of its container terminal extension to ACS Group.
The DP World facility, situated in British Columbia, Canada, is one of three container terminals at the Port of Vancouver, accounting for 20% of its total freight movement.
In order to increase its annual container handling capacity from 900,000 TEU to 1.5 million, a project has been launched to reconfigure and extend the terminal’s surface.
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The movement of freight and access to the harbour area will also be improved by building a fly-over and renovating access routes.
Dragados, an affiliate of ACS Group, has experience in delivering complex offshore projects, such as executing new ports in deep-open waters and developing large container terminals.
According to a statement from ACS Group, the project will tackle road congestion and improve efficiency by decreasing port traffic from adjacent roads.
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In addition to this, it will also avoid the three rail crossings used by port users while delivering continuous access.
Total funding for the extension has now risen to US$300.9 million, and is expected to be completed by December 2021.