There is a better solution for West Coast container terminal capacity.

GCT Global Container Terminals' Deltaport Berth Four (DP4) project is a smart, incremental and environmentally-conscious plan to add container terminal capacity at Roberts Bank in Delta, B.C. through the addition of a fourth berth to the existing GCT Deltaport Terminal.

DP4 will add up to 2 million TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent units) of market-driven and privately-funded capacity which will help keep Canadian port rates competitive and is no risk to taxpayers, unlike the Port of Vancouver's very expensive and flawed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 (RBT2) plan.

This is why it is time to #RejectRBT2 before it's too late and the permanent environmental damage is done, and billions in taxpayer money is needlessly spent.

GCT's DP4 project continues to move forward and achieve key milestones in the regulatory review process.

In October 2021, Regulators accepted the Detailed Project Description and determined that the project would require an Impact Assessment. Learn more about the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada and BC Environmental Assessment Office's harmonized review of the project and how to engage.

In May 2022, as part of the coordinated impact assessment process, the BC Environmental Assessment Agency (BCEAO) issued the Process Order for the project and the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (IAAC) issued the final Joint Guidelines and Notice of Commencement moving the DP4 project forward to the Impact Statement Development Phase.

As the DP4 project continues to progress, GCT will continue to actively engage and collaborate with regulatory agencies, Indigenous communities, local stakeholders, and supply chain partners.

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Worried about supply chains?

Us too. But container terminal capacity is not part of that problem. The fact is, Canada has plenty of container terminal capacity that has been delivering.

However, based on current forecasts, it is true that additional capacity will be needed in the future.

  • In 2020, British Columbia container terminals had excess, unused capacity of more than 1.3 million TEUs (20-foot equivalent units).
  • More work is already underway to increase B.C. container capacity at existing private-sector terminals by 1.3 million TEUs to 7.2 million TEUs by 2025.
  • Yes, Canada may need more container terminal capacity sometime in the future, but that will be well into the 2030s at the earliest. So there's time to make the right decision for the economy, the environment, and Canadian taxpayers.
  • If indeed the Port of Vancouver is concerned with bringing on timely and competitive capacity, it needs to get behind GCT's Deltaport Berth 4 (DP4) project. With only a four-year construction timeline compared to the Port of Vancouver's RBT2's 10+-year timeline, GCT's DP4 will deliver additional container terminal capacity in half the time because of the project's much smaller footprint and incremental expansion plan.

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More reasons to #RejectRBT2.

Environment and Climate Change Canada characterizes the environmental impacts of the Port of Vancouver's RBT2 project as "permanent, irreversible, and, continuous."

The Federal Review Panel for Roberts Bank Terminal 2 also concluded that the project would result in "numerous significant adverse residual and cumulative effects, including on Dungeness crab, on ocean-type juvenile Chinook salmon, and on the Southern Resident Killer Whale."

Others agree:

RBT2 project will disrupt important marine ecosystems
RBT2 project will disrupt important marine ecosystems

RBT2 project will disrupt important marine ecosystems

Environmental impact of Port of Vancouver's Roberts Bank Terminal 2
Environmental impact of Port of Vancouver's Roberts Bank Terminal 2

Environmental impact of Port of Vancouver's Roberts Bank Terminal 2

Problems with Port of Vancouver's Terminal 2 plan
Problems with Port of Vancouver's Terminal 2 plan

Problems with Port of Vancouver's Terminal 2 plan

GCT's Deltaport Berth 4 Project is privately funded, so there is no risk to taxpayers

Meanwhile, costs continue to balloon for the Port of Vancouver's RBT2 expansion plan.

When the Port of Vancouver's RBT2 project was first advanced in 2013, they claimed it would cost $2.4 billion. Since then, the forecast cost has kept inflating and is now estimated at $3.5 billion.

Flawed Process. Flawed Outcome.

Since 2003, the Port of Vancouver has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to advance its RBT2 expansion plan without success. While the industry and market have changed significantly in those nearly two decades, Port of Vancouver's RBT2 solution has not.

Why is the Port of Vancouver, the regulator and landlord of the Port, putting forward and selecting its own expansion project instead of considering a less expensive, less risky and more environmentally-conscious alternative?

It's a governance issue. The federal government's introduction of Bill C-33 is a step in the right direction to create more accountability for Port Authorities, but there's more work to be done.

This is a big project that is important to the future of the region, the province and the country, with high stakes for the environment, local communities, workers, and Indigenous peoples. It is too important to be left to the unelected Board of the Port of Vancouver.

Write to your Member of Parliament to help ensure the federal government rejects RBT2.

A Fair Process.
A Better Deltaport.

GCT's Deltaport Berth 4 (DP4) project is the better solution for West Coast container capacity. Why? Because it's smart, incremental, privately-funded (no risk to taxpayers), and will expand the existing terminal footprint to deliver needed capacity without unnecessary impacts on the environment, on Indigenous fishing grounds, and on the workforce.

But DP4 needs a fair process.

Here's what you can do to help:

1. Watch these videos to learn more about GCT Global Container Terminals and the Canadian Deltaport Project.

2. Email your Member of Parliament to stop the Port of Vancouver's harmful Terminal 2 expansion project

3. Leave your email address with us to stay informed and receive updates on the port expansion at Roberts Bank.

4. Follow us on social media and share your support! #betterdeltaport