The Canadian Deltaport Project

is GCT Global Container Terminals' smart, phased and environmentally-conscious plan to provide capacity at Roberts Bank in Delta through the addition of a fourth berth (DP4) to the existing GCT Deltaport terminal.

GCT Global Container Terminals, the country's largest marine industry employer, has been strongly committed to Vancouver and Delta over the past 100+ years of successful operations, and incremental, sustainable expansions.

The Canadian Deltaport Project builds on this local knowledge and history. It reflects a commitment to minimizing industry impact on the environment and preserving the marine ecosystem, while maximizing a positive presence for local residents, the workforce, and the First Nations who share their land and resources with us all.

Economy. Yes.
Environment. Yes.

Trade through the Asia Pacific Gateway helps to create the jobs and growth that support Canada's quality of life. To sustain that trade, Canada needs container port capacity that responds to the changing needs of an ocean shipping industry that is consolidating and will be using fewer but larger ships.

We are at a cross roads and must decide how we build that capacity, where we build it, and who will pay for it.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA), a government agency that is the regulator and landlord at Roberts Bank, has decided to get into the terminal business, in competition with its tenants. Its plan to increase capacity? A whole new, Terminal island to be built in the ocean... potentially creating risk for businesses and taxpayers...

There is a better way.
@BetterDeltaport

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The RBT2 plan includes a new Terminal island, built out in the ocean, on important Indigenous crabbing grounds. Its footprint? 164 hectares — a potentially significant loss of habitat.

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The VFPA is a government agency, the landlord and regulator of activities at Roberts Bank. Their approach to this project may put businesses and taxpayers at risk.

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RBT2 will cost between $2.5 and $3.0 Billion — making it the most expensive port expansion ever in Canada. Some estimates put the costs even higher. Inevitably, those high costs could be passed on to importers and exporters and may make our gateway less competitive.

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The Canadian Deltaport Project is a smart, phased, environmentally-conscious expansion of the existing Terminal footprint, Its footprint? 56 hectares — roughly a third of the size of RBT2.

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Global Container Terminals is a private-sector company, fully committed to the Canadian Deltaport Project, creating no risk for taxpayers.

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The Canadian Deltaport Project is a smart, phased plan, delivering needed capacity at lower cost, between $1 and $1.6 billion.

Migratory shorebirds and... biofilm?

Migratory shorebirds, including the Western Sandpiper, depend on biofilm for essential nutrition.

Environment and Climate Change Canada characterizes the RBT2 project's residual adverse impacts on biofilm as "potentially high in magnitude, permanent irreversible, and, continuous." The Canadian Deltaport Project is proposed on the east side of the existing Roberts Bank causeway, where almost no biofilm has been identified.

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GCT Global Container Terminals, is looking for a fair process. The company has history in Delta and proven ability to deliver effective and environmentally-conscious port expansions and sustainable operations.

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A smart, phased approach that expands the existing footprint over time can provide the right type of port capacity at the right time.

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From its previous successful expansions, GCT Global Container Terminals knows open dialogue with the community, local Indigenous peoples, supply chain partners, and the workforce is essential to delivering and improving the project.

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The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) has used its position as regulator to refuse to conduct the necessary environmental review of the Canadian Deltaport Project (GCT Deltaport Berth 4), despite its statutory duty to do so. Instead, VFPA has shortlisted 5 foreign companies to potentially run its own proposed terminal, RBT2.

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Building a big new terminal island is not only hugely expensive and potentially environmentally harmful, it may also create overcapacity in the short-term, with less flexibility to adapt to uncertain future market conditions.

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RBT2 is being challenged by local communities, environmental and Indigenous groups. Their concerns relate to migratory shorebirds, crab and fish habitat, and impacts on biofilm, and orca populations. Many feel they are not being heard, and that the process is moving too quickly.

Flawed Process. Flawed Outcome.

Since 2003, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA) has spent hundreds of millions of agency dollars to advance its expansion plan. While the industry and market have changed in the sixteen years since the plan was first developed, VFPA's solution has not.

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

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. Why rush it?

There is still time to get it right. Based on current forecasts, additional capacity won't be needed until the 2030s, at the earliest.

A Fair Process.
A Better Deltaport.

We believe that the Canadian Deltaport Project is the better solution. Why? Because it's the smart, phased, Canadian project that will expand the existing terminal footprint to incrementally deliver needed capacity without unnecessary impacts on the environment, on Indigenous fishing grounds, on the workforce, and on taxpayers.

But we need a fair process and a chance to make our case. We are asking for your help.

Here are four things that you can do today:

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

2. Visit our about page to learn more about the Canadian Deltaport Project.

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

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