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Transportation Infrastructure

Port Metro Vancouver

Port Metro Vancouver is North America’s most diversified port, annually trading $180 billion in goods with more than 160 trading economies. The port is equipped with state-of-the-art bulk terminals and handling facilities.

  • Westshore Terminals is the largest coal terminal on North America’s west coast.
    • 33 million tonne annual capacity.
    • Vessels up to 260,000 deadweight tonnes (DWT).
    • Access to CN and Canadian Pacific Class 1 rail networks
  • Neptune Terminals is the largest bulk terminal in North America.
    • 24 million tonnes annual capacity for bulk products.
    • Work underway to increase to 31 million tonnes.
    • Vessels up to 185,000 DWT.
    • 150,000 tonnes of concentrate storage capacity.
    • Access to CN and Canadian Pacific Class 1 rail networks.
  • Kinder Morgan Vancouver Wharves, exports mineral concentrate.
    • 500,000 tonnes enclosed storage.
    • 4 deep-sea berths.
    • 150,000 tonnes of concentrate storage capacity.
    • CN Rail with interchanges to Canadian Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe.

Prince Rupert

North America’s deepest natural harbour with significant expansion capacity. A minimum of 2 days closer from Shanghai than any other west coast ports.

  • Ridley Terminals, the largest coal export facility in northern BC.
    • 12 million tonnes per year.
    • Vessels up to 250,000 DWT.
    • Capacity increase to 25 million tonnes underway.
    • On-site storage of 2.5 million tonnes.
    • Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor, an 8 km loop, to support future industrial development will be completed by the end of 2014.

Port of Stewart

Located in northwest BC, this ice free deep harbour port accommodates bulk shipments of metal and minerals.

  • Stewart Bulk Terminals is a mineral concentrate facility.
    • Vessels up to 50,000 DWTs.
    • 40,000 tonnes storage capacity on the site.
    • Access to safe and efficient highway system, which is owned and maintained by the Province of British Columbia.

Competitive Business Environment

  • The Northwest Transmission Line is a new 287-kilovolt power line that will make electricity available to mine developments in northwest BC and enable clean and renewable energy development in the region.
  • BC’s longshore workers and foremen have signed contracts that ensure labour stability at British Columbia’s ports through 2018.
  • Municipal port property taxes were permanently capped for designated BC ports and terminals in 2014.