Roberts Bank Terminal 2 update

The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project (RBT2) is a proposed new three-berth container terminal in Delta, B.C. (Deltaport) that would provide 2.4 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of additional container capacity. This project should not be confused with Deltaport Berth 3 which was completed in 2010. Transtalk last reviewed developments at Deltaport in 2008.

Artist rendering of proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2
Artist rendering of proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 (image courtesy of Port of Vancouver)

The Port of Vancouver’s1 four existing container terminals have an annual capacity of about 3 million TEUs. The Port projects West Coast container traffic of 7 million TEUs, including the Port of Prince Rupert, by 2030.

RBT2 is part way through an environmental assessment process expected to finish in 2018. An overview of issues is provided in the Environmental Impact Assessment Executive Summary (124 pp., 5.15 MB pdf), published in March 2015. No decision on proceeding with RBT2 can be made before completion of the environmental review process under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act and the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Act.

Recent developments include the establishment of an independent three-member review panel to conduct the environmental assessment: Ms. Jocelyne Beaudet, chair, Dr. Diana Valiela and Dr. David Levy, members.

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1In April 2016, the port dropped the name “Port Metro Vancouver” to become the “Port of Vancouver.” In addition, the port authority announced it will implement the consistent use of its legal name, the “Vancouver Fraser Port Authority,” when referencing activities or decisions of the port authority.