The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest port, and the most diversified port in North America. The world’s leading container shipping lines call at the Port of Vancouver providing regular service to and from ports in Asia, Europe, Latin America and Oceania.
Roberts Bank Terminal 2 will provide a critical link for Canada’s supply chain and add a third container terminal operator to Port of Vancouver.
Following the construction of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 landmass and wharf, we will begin the process to select a terminal operator to build, equip, finance and operate the new terminal. The terminal concession will involve installing utilities and building all the infrastructure above grade, including terminal pavements, container yard, intermodal yard, truck gates and terminal buildings. The new terminal will have a design capacity of 2.4 million TEUs, an on-dock intermodal yard providing direct connections to Class 1 railways, and will be capable of handling the world’s largest container vessels.
The selected terminal operator will determine the final configuration and operating concept for the terminal, allowing for efficient and reliable operations planning.
Competitive advantages of the terminal location
Roberts Bank is an established trade gateway and is well-positioned to handle future growth. Competitive advantages of this location include:
- Situated close to established shipping lanes near open ocean waters
- Built in deep water and not bridge constrained, meaning it can accommodate the largest container vessels currently in service with the ability to accommodate vessel size increases in the future
- Direct access to Central and Eastern Canada and the U.S. Midwest market through superior and cost-effective rail networks that have lower grades and elevations than competing U.S. railways
- Lower total cost of transport from Asia to central Canada and U.S. Midwest through the Port of Vancouver compared to the U.S. west coast ports because of lower terminal handling and inland rail costs
- Strong local market with extensive transload facilities to enable robust export demand and more balanced imports and exports
- Greenfield site provides terminal operator the opportunity to determine the final configuration and operating concept for the terminal, allowing for efficient and reliable operations planning
The Port of Vancouver offers Canadian, North American, and global businesses experience, services, and choice. This dynamic gateway is part of an efficient, effective, and integrated supply chain. Learn more about the Port of Vancouver’s competitive advantages.
Join us in strengthening Canada's trade future
Roberts Bank Terminal 2 is an important and complex program that requires highly experienced, diverse partners to help deliver this critical link for Canada’s supply chain.
In a potential terminal operator, we are looking for:
- Strong track record in operational excellence
- Ability to deliver greenfield terminals of this size
- Strong culture in safety and environmental protection
- Passion for innovation
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