Image: Deltaport Third Berth: The largest container terminal in Metro Vancouver

Industrial Infrastructure1 min read

Deltaport Third Berth: The largest container terminal in Metro Vancouver

Location
Delta, BC
Client
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Timeframe
2002 – ongoing

Deltaport is the largest container terminal in Metro Vancouver, located south of the city at Roberts Bank.

Beginning in 2002, when the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority began to research the possibility of increasing its shipping capacity by adding a third container berth, Hemmera was instrumental in guiding the environmental aspects of the project, from the early environmental and social baseline and impact studies to managing the environmental monitoring during construction.

The final EA was thorough and extensive, and demonstrated our experience and understanding of federal and provincial environmental regulatory requirements. Hemmera’s discipline leads and reporting team merged and synthesized information from each of the many contributors to address the needs of the multiple regulatory authorities. Under our guidance, the project moved successfully through the processes of the harmonized Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) and BC Environmental Assessment Act (BCEAA), including pre-application, application, and post-assessment certification.

During construction of the Deltaport Third Berth, Hemmera developed, managed and implemented the project’s follow-up and environmental monitoring program. The program consisted of a multi-year process, during which Hemmera’s project management team oversaw the activities of environmental technical specialists and monitored the project’s compliance with the federal Fisheries Act authorization. This program was effective in monitoring for long term trends in the ecologically sensitive inter-causeway area between the Deltaport Terminal and the BC Ferries Tsawwassen Terminal.