The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project is a significant infrastructure project that will require a contractor to build the new landmass and marine structures, as well as a terminal operator to build, equip, and operate the terminal.

Since fall 2019, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority has been engaging with contractors, developers, and terminal operators to help shape the procurement process and approach, as well as the commercial terms.

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, we will select a contractor through a design-build (DB) or design-build-finance (DBf) procurement to build the new landmass and marine structures needed for the project. Then, 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.

The timing for the release of the DB/DBf request for qualifications (RFQ) depends on the timing of the federal government’s decision on the project. If the government makes a decision on the project in early 2022, then we anticipate the RFQ could be released within six to twelve months thereafter, based on our current understanding of the government’s process. In the meantime, we continue to plan further market sounding activities to help us refine our approach and the details of the procurement documents.

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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