Vancouver Fraser Port Authority – Centerm Expansion Project

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority and DP World delivered the Centerm Expansion Project, a $600M project to increase cargo throughput by 60% and position British Columbia as a leader in sustainable trade. Thanks to upgrades made through the project, the newly expanded terminal can now handle 1.5 million TEUs a year, compared to 900,000 TEUs previously, with only a 15% increase to the terminal’s overall footprint.

In 2022, the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) awarded the project with an Envision Platinum award – the highest-rated award by ISI – to recognize the project’s thorough approach to public engagement; significant community investment; use of recycled and locally sourced materials; and innovative approach to environmental protection.

Notably, the project reduced cradle-to-grave greenhouse gas emissions by around13% through the installation of electric rail-mounted gantry cranes, in replacement of diesel-powered cranes, and the use of Optical Character Recognition container truck gates to reduce truck idling. In addition, the installation of shore power facilities at this terminal enables container ships to connect to BC’s hydroelectric power, resulting in further emission reductions.