The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project is a significant infrastructure project that will require a large team to build the land and the terminal, as well as an organization to operate the terminal once it is built.
Since fall 2019, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has been engaging with contractors, developers and terminal operators to help shape the procurement schedule, contract details, and delivery approach to ensure we are choosing the best approach for building the project.
After considering the feedback received, and assessing procurement objectives, the port authority has decided to move forward with a two-phased procurement approach.
Details of the procurement approach:
First, a contractor will be selected through a design-build (DB) approach to build the new landmass and marine structures needed for the project. Then, approximately three years prior to the anticipated start of terminal operations, the terminal operator will be selected to build, equip and operate the new terminal through a terminal concession (TC) procurement.
Over the coming months, we plan to engage with design-build contractors and other relevant parties to gather additional feedback. We anticipate releasing an RFQ for the design-build contractor in mid-2021; however, the timing of this will be dependent on a variety of factors such as the timing of a government decision and other environmental and regulatory permitting.
We have a federal mandate to protect the environment and consider local communities, and we will work with the successful proponent to ensure this project is built in a way that upholds that mandate and aligns with our vision for the Port of Vancouver to be the world’s most sustainable port. Forecasts show that additional container capacity will be needed by the mid- to-late 2020s and we remain confident that the project is in Canada’s national interest to meet long-term trade demands, making it an important generational project.
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