Port Metro Vancouver is continuing field studies as part of ongoing environmental and technical work for the Container Capacity Improvement Program.
The Improvement Program was announced in 2011, and is Port Metro Vancouver’s long-term strategy to ensure the timely delivery of required infrastructure to meet anticipated growth in the container sector.
Key objectives of the program:
- Increase the capacity and efficiency of existing container terminals;
- Convert existing under-utilized terminals to handle containers; and
- Build a new terminal.
The Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project is a proposed new three‐berth container terminal that would provide 2.4 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) of additional container capacity annually. Port Metro Vancouver is undertaking a comprehensive multi-round, multi-year community, stakeholder and public consultation process regarding the project.
The project is undergoing a federal environmental assessment by an independent review panel, under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012. The project is also undergoing an assessment under the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Act, and requires other permits and authorizations before it can proceed.
Here is an overview of field studies that will be taking place in September 2015: Biophysical Conditions; Biophysical Underwater Data Collection; Coastal Geomorphology; Abiotic Parameters Study; Geotechnical Conditions; Geotechnical Investigations; Marine Invertebrates; Orange Sea Pen Pilot Transplant Monitoring; Marine Sediment and Water Quality; Marine Water Quality Study; Marine Mammals; Marine Mammal Observation Study.