Deltaport Terminal

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Deltaport Terminal is Canada's largest container terminal, located at Roberts Bank Superport, which is part of Port Metro Vancouver. Terminal Systems Inc. operates Deltaport under a long-term lease agreement with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. At the end of 2014 the terminal's capacity was increased from 1.8 to 2.4 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit containers).[1]

Together with Westshore Terminals, Deltaport is the largest coal export facility in Canada. As of 2011 Canada was the world’s seventh-biggest coal exporter.[2]

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Port expansion and environmental impacts

In January 2010, Deltaport added a third berth and doubled its capacity. It is now one of the busiest import/export ports in North America and a major hub for container trucking companies. According to the Wildernes Committee, the Deltaport expansion directly impacts the Fraser Estuary. The port is located at the mouth of the Fraser River, which is one of the most productive salmon rivers in the world. The group notes that Roberts Bank, a large expanse of intertidal eelgrass beds, marshes and nutrient-rich mudflats, is a vital link in a chain of globally significant habitats for salmon, migrating birds and orcas. [3]

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References

  1. "About the project," Port Metro Vancouver, Dec 2014 update
  2. "What Canada stands to gain from the global coal boom" Josh Wingrove, The Globe and Mail, September 23, 2011.
  3. "Deltaport Threatens Fraser Estuary" Wilderness Committee, accessed June 16, 2011.

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