This article provides information on the proposed new manmade island and container terminal proposed to be built at Roberts Bank. This terminal will add significant additional rail traffic below Panorama Ridge and therefore of importance to our community.
The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project is a proposed new multi-berth container terminal at Roberts Bank in Delta, B.C. that would provide 2.4 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit containers) of container capacity. The project is part of Port Metro Vancouver’s Container Capacity Improvement Program, a longterm strategy to deliver projects to meet anticipated growth in demand for container capacity to 2030.
Planning Now for Canada’s Trade Future
Large infrastructure projects like the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project require a long lead time, and that is why Port Metro Vancouver is planning now to make sure that there is enough capacity to meet future demand for containerized trade. In 2011, Port Metro Vancouver moved 2.5 million TEUs, and forecasts show that container traffic is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years, and triple by 2030. Even with recent and current improvements at Port Metro Vancouver’s terminals, and planned investments at the Fairview Terminal in Prince Rupert, the west coast of Canada will still need more container capacity by the mid-2020s.
Based on the current project schedule, and subject to regulatory approvals, the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project could be fully operational by 2024.
Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project Components
Terminal 2 would be located west of the existing Roberts Bank terminal facilities, approximately 5.5 kilometres offshore from the mainland. The project would include the following components:
- A three-berth marine container terminal on newly created land
- A container storage yard
- An intermodal yard (where containers are moved to and from trains)
- A truck gate complex to control truck entry and exit
- Administrative buildings and employee parking areas
- Equipment maintenance workshops and facilities
- Equipment required to operate a container terminal, including:
- Ship-to-shore gantry cranes
- Stacking cranes (rail-mounted or rubber-tired)
- Rail yard rail-mounted gantry cranes
- Transfer equipment (such as shuttle carriers, automated guided vehicles, and/or tractor trailers)
- Causeway widening and improvements to road and rail infrastructure along the Roberts Bank causeway