How market engagement is shaping project procurement  

May 13, 2022

Led by the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 is an important 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.  

We have been working hard to incorporate the market’s feedback throughout the planning and design of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project to ensure that, together, we can deliver critically-required supply chain support to accommodate Canada’s rapidly growing trade needs, should the project proceed.  

Over the past two years, we have completed multiple rounds of market engagement to test various delivery models, commercial terms, risk allocations, and potential environmental obligations, which will support the development of the project’s procurement process and documents.  

During the first market engagement session held in late 2019 and early 2020, we requested market feedback on potential procurement options. After considering this input and assessing the project’s procurement objectives, we decided to move forward with a two-phased procurement approach: we will select a contractor through a design-build or design-build-finance procurement to build the new landmass and marine structures, then an operator will be selected to build, equip, and operate the new terminal through a terminal concession procurement. 

After deciding on a high level procurement approach, the port authority conducted subsequent market engagement to test specific delivery models, commercial and technical terms, and risk allocations. We engaged with caisson manufacturers, dredgers, and general contractors to get feedback on their preferred approach to caisson fabrication and/or sand supply. We also engaged with port terminal operators, railways, and shippers to collect input on different delivery models for the causeway rail operations and their preference regarding allocation of responsibilities, e.g., cost, operations, maintenance.   

The most recent market engagement tested potential construction-related environmental conditions or measures with general contractors and dredgers. 

We thank participants for their contributions and attendance at these sessions. Feedback received during market engagement will help to shape the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project procurement approach and documents. We anticipate conducting further market sounding to refine the procurement process and collect input for various aspects of the project.  

About the project 

Roberts Bank Terminal 2 is a proposed new marine container terminal in Delta, British Columbia that involves the construction of a new three-berth marine container terminal in deep, subtidal waters, a widened causeway to the mainland to accommodate additional road and rail infrastructure, and an expanded tug basin to accommodate a second tug operations contractor. The project would increase container capacity on the west coast by over 30% by adding an additional 2.4 million TEUs of capacity at the Port of Vancouver, thereby delivering critical supply chain capacity and resilience to support Canada’s trade. 

More information 


Past updates

Procurement newsletter — May 2022

Submission of information request response

Procurement newsletter — December 2021

Procurement newsletter — May 2021

Request for qualifications timeline and construction update — January 2021

Updated timing of response to government information request — November 2020

Decision timeline update — September 2020

Procurement delivery approach update — June 2020

Market research update — April 2020

Procurement of project construction and operation — November 2019

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