The long-term strategy will see an increase in container handling to meet future growth and demand in Canadian international trade. Currently, the port is exploring potential improvements to strengthen Canada’s Pacific Gateway in direct response to the growing needs of the country’s industries and consumers.
Container traffic is expected to double over the next 10 to 15 years and nearly triple by 2030. Port Metro Vancouver’s current economic projections show that approximately 4m teu of additional capacity will be needed to meet such demand.
According to the port, without system enhancements a ‘gap’ in its ability to service demands would be expected to emerge as early as 2017. It is hoped that the consultation will identify opportunities to increase operational efficiencies in the existing container facilities, with an emphasis on investment and infrastructure improvements.